What Would Jesus Do?

By September 13, 2011

Middle East (MNN) — WWJD is a well-known acronym for "What Would Jesus Do?" In the U.S., the meaning behind these letters has been a pop culture phenomenon since the 1990s. WWJD helped many believers to pause and reflect on Jesus' teachings when tribulations occurred. This phrase has sparked conversations, books, even movies based around the idea behind those four words. To many Western people, the idea of following Jesus by thinking about what He would do in a situation is not new. But in the Arab world it is nearly unheard of.

A man from Tunisia–in fact, the same town where the "Arab Spring" began–is working with SAT-7 to carry out a new program series titled, "What Would Jesus Do – In the Arab World This Week?"

Ameen (name changed for security purposes) hopes that when he talks about WWJD on this new program, many will sit up and pay attention to this radical thought. However, Ameen is not just talking the talk of WWJD, he walked it, too.

At the beginning of the Tunisian Arab Spring demonstrations, Ameen noticed a problem. He saw that trash was piling up in the streets of his town. At this time, he was also learning about God and Christianity through SAT-7 and leading a small fellowship in his area. Later he told SAT-7, "I felt Christians should model love and responsibility. So I would spend several hours a day cleaning the streets. It was so unusual that my story appeared on major television networks: a Christian pastor doing such menial work."

In "What Would Jesus Do – In the Arab World This Week?" Ameen plans on sharing more of his story, reading the Word of God on air, and answering questions from the people throughout the Arab world who are curious about the Christian faith. SAT-7 is grateful for this chance to work with someone who can translate Biblical texts into words North Africans can understand. Please lift this show, and Ameen, in your prayers.

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