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Father and Son Minister God’s Compassion at Leading The Way to Revival in Indonesia Mission

Dr. Michael Youssef and his son Jonathan both ministered God’s love and compassion on the second day of the Leading The Way to Revival in Indonesia gatherings in the world’s largest Muslim nation.

Ahead of tonight’s meeting (Friday, May 24, 2013) at the Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Jonathan Youssef and a Leading The Way team, ministered God’s hope to a church of Iranian refugees, who have fled an oppressive government.

Each of the refugees has come to Indonesia as a half-way point on their journey to free countries like Australia or the United States. They are waiting for the Indonesia government and the United Nations to process their paperwork—which can take up to three years. In the meantime, it’s illegal for them to work in Indonesia, so they wait in difficult circumstances.

Jonathan preached a compelling message from the book of Acts that paralleled their own journey, recounting how the Apostles struggled with direction for sharing the Gospel in their own time. The result was a powerful time of worship and prayer, and the refugees were encouraged to trust God with their future and continue believing there is a divine purpose in their lives.

The second night of the revival event opened with a number of local musicians leading worship.

Jonathan Youssef preaching message of hope to Iranian refugees

Jonathan Youssef preaching message of hope to
Iranian refugees

Later, Dr. Youssef preached a powerful message on the passionate, pursuing, sacrificial love of God in Christ. In response, nearly 300 came forward for the invitation, and many more were weeping under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, which was clearly evident from some of the comments made by those attending the event:

“A friend invited me and I thought it was a music concert. But when Dr. Youssef spoke about how much Jesus Christ loves us, my attitude was completely changed. I’m encouraged about the future because I know God cares and I want to honor Him,” said one.

“How can we get this message to more people? I would like to see Leading The Way broadcasting to every home in my country. This is a message that can change my family,” another said.

Hundreds more respond to Dr. Youssef's appeal to accept Christ.

Hundreds more respond to Dr. Youssef’s appeal
to accept Christ.

“I didn’t know anything about Dr. Youssef before tonight, but I want to find his program on television and online,” a third stated.

“No one has ever told me about this Jesus. Tonight was something I’ve never experienced,” a final attendee said.

Reflecting on today, Phil Cooke, one of the media producers for Youssef’s Indonesia mission commented: “Today was a clear indication that there is much to be done in Indonesia. This is a country with the largest Muslim population in the world, and yet a country that is eager to hear the Truth of the Gospel message.”

Cooke, who is also the founder and CEO of Cooke Pictures added: “Eight satellite networks carried the message to an international audience and the broadcast TV and online audiences dwarf even the massive live audience in the national arena.

“We live in a digital age, and Leading The Way is committed to using every available resource to reach people with a message of hope.”

About Leading The Way:

Now celebrating 25 years of ministry, Leading The Way’s television and radio programs are broadcast in more than 21 languages, covering more than 190 countries. Leading The Way also produces DVDs, CDs, books, a monthly devotional magazine, and daily e-devotionals to spread the light of Christ. This Atlanta-based organization partners internationally with in-country follow-up teams to encourage new believers in their faith, helping God’s Kingdom to grow around the world.

About Dr. Michael Youssef:

Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef. Dr. Youssef was born in Egypt, lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States. In 1984, he fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. He has authored more than 29 books, including “Blindsided: The Radical Islamic Conquest.” He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

The final meeting will be streamed live at 12-3pm UK time tomorrow May 25th on

Editor’s Note:

USA Media:
Bethany Burge
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Peter Wooding
Tel. +44 7500 903067

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