HEARTS AFLAME: WE CALL HIM TIMOTHY
Tarana Asks A Favor of a Friend
Tarana is the co-host of Sweet Conversations, our Azerbaijani Women’s Talk Show. She is very good friends with many artists in Azerbaijan, including Timothy and his father, both popular musicians. Last year, when we needed a new theme song for Sweet Conversations, Tarana collaborated with Timothy to create one.
Tarana witnessed to the Muslim songwriter and told him the God of the Bible would bless him for his work. Almost immediately, her prophesy began to be fulfilled. First, by a prestigious invitation to play at a notable birthday party and then at a piano concert in a neighboring country, but God wasn’t just working on Timothy’s career. He was also working on his heart.
Soon, Timothy posted a picture of his Bible on social media, urging his friends to learn about “The Jesus” and “The God”. Several GHM staff members counseled with Timothy and led him to a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, but they also warned the musician of the dangers associated with his new-found faith.
Even as Timothy’s faith and fame grew, he began to face challenges at home. His pregnant wife lost their first child. Christian friends surrounded him with comfort, prayers and encouragement. Soon Timothy shared the good news his wife had conceived again, but almost immediately religious persecution began, within his own family.
His mother-in-law convinced her daughter to get away from this man who had abandoned Allah. The mother-daughter duo joined with other women to cast evil spells on Timothy, using black magic and witchcraft, a common practice in Central Asia. Again, Timothy’s Christian friends offered up prayers, this time to protect the new believer from the actions of his mother-in-law and for God to reunite Timothy with his wife and soon-to-be-born child. Many of you joined us in these prayers.
Again, God intervened, protecting Timothy, bringing the wife home and allowing the birth of a healthy child. As a bonus, members of Timothy’s own family joined him as Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. God is still blessing Timothy’s career, allowing him to sweep all his categories in a recent international competition.
We keep warning our friend of the dangers for Christians in his country, but he insists, “I am a Believer. I am a follower of Jesus.” If persecution comes, he considers it an honor to suffer. We should all have the courage to be so bold.
Arms Locked in Ministry
Giving God all the credit for his success and wanting more ways to serve Him, Timothy pestered us to let him perform other favors for the ministry. After several discussions, we found a perfect task for him, lip-synch dubbing.
We have long desired to translate our existing programming into other languages to multiply our reach, but we weren’t satisfied with merely adding translations with subtitles or in sloppy dubbing where the movement of the lips in unrelated to the voices. These methods can distract from our message, so we wanted to use lip-synch dubbing, where the dubbing is almost undetectable to anyone but an expert – even if it is more complicated to accomplish.
Timothy had the equipment necessary for the job in his personal studio in Azerbaijan and was joyful for the opportunity. He’s now working for us in Azerbaijan as a member of our staff, when he’s not out winning international music awards or amazing audiences with his talent. Please pray for the continued success of this fine musician and for God to continue to use him to spread the Good News, both by his personal testimony and with the lip-synch dubbing of our programs.
Set Your Heart Aflame
Like Timothy, you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill the Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.
We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the most unreached regions of the world.