Secret Believers

What Happens When Muslims Believe in Christ

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In his letter to his protégé, Timothy, Paul says, "I have fought the good fight." In Arabic, those last three words are translated jihad. In Secret Believers, readers are introduced to Brother Andrew's protégé in the Muslim world, Butros. In this riveting true story of the Middle Eastern Church struggling to come to grips with hostile governments, terrorist acts, and an influx of Muslims coming to Christ, readers will meet a group of men and women they never knew existed. The names and places have been changed to protect the real people in the real places. But the stories are true.

In his most incredible and eye-opening book to date, Brother Andrew invites you to meet:

• Ahmed, a young Muslim terrified by nightmares until he is introduced to Isa (Jesus)
• Mustafa, a former leader in a fundamentalist Muslim movement that persecuted Christians
• Salima, a privileged young Muslim woman who is held captive by her family when they find a Bible in her possession
• Abuna, a priest faced with an aging congregation and constant threats to his beloved church
• and many more.

Secret Believers not only gives readers a glimpse of the lives of these courageous believers, it also proposes four practical initiatives for Christians in the West to help these persecuted brothers and sisters. It calls us to join this new kind of jihad, leaving vengeance behind in favor of forgiveness, radical love, and unyielding prayer.


"Brother Andrew and Al Janssen reveal the amazing stories of those who witness the love of One they once refused and passionately searched until they found Him, even in the face of great opposition. Theirs is a testament to meekness, grace, and triumph, and a call to every follower of Christ to mirror their example."--Ravi Zacharias, author and speaker

"Secret Believers is a book that will grab you like no other. In novel form, the first part of the book unfolds the story of men and women coming to Christ in the Muslim world and the price they pay for their walk with God. Along the way, the reader will receive, in story form, the essence of the Islamic faith, a picture of the suffering of the Christian church in Muslim lands and the role that western Christians can and do play in this powerful drama. Part II, including the testimony of men who stayed in their Muslim countries, similarly, will grip the reader with the call of Jesus to enter into lifelong spiritual battle for the soul of their own churches and sould of the West itself, as well as for the souls of millions of Muslims. This is a must read for all Christians in the West. If the message of this book is not heeded, we Christians may live to see the demise of Christianity in the West."--Don McCurry, president, Ministries to Muslims

The Authors

  1. Brother Andrew

    Brother Andrew

    In 1955, Brother Andrew (1928-2022) discovered that Christians behind the Iron Curtain were denied access to Bibles. He told his story in God's Smuggler, then for the next 50 years ministered to persecuted Christians around the world while presenting...

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  2. Al Janssen
    Jamie Olson

    Al Janssen

    Al Janssen has more than five decades of experience as a writer, editor and publisher. He worked alongside Brother Andrew for 15 years, and together they wrote Light Force and Secret Believers, telling the stories of Christians in the Islamic...

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At a fruit stand across from the church Ahmed parked his bike. Uncertainty welled up inside him. What if someone recognized him? How would he explain this behavior to his father? He looked around him but didn't recognize anyone. He walked down the street, crossed over, and headed back towards the church. He would quickly dash up the steps and sit in the very back.
But the priest saw him coming, and a look of concern came over his face. "I know you," Father Alexander said, cutting off the boy's approach to the church. "From the school, right?" Ahmed nodded. "What a surprise to see you. What brings you to St. Mark's Church?" "I just want to visit. I promise I'll be no problem." Father Alexander gave a nervous laugh and said, "No, that's not a good idea. You just turn around and go back home! This place is for Christians. If you want to worship God, go to the mosque." The words stunned the boy. It hadn't occurred to him that the church wouldn't welcome him. Haltingly he tried to explain: "I just want to find out what you believe." "I'm sorry. This is not the time or place." The priest's voice became severe. Clearly he would not let Ahmed into the building. "Then can I at least borrow the Injil?" "Why do you want the Injil? You have your Quran. Now go! The service is about to start, and you should not be seen here." Ahmed started to protest then noticed that several of the parishioners had stopped to stare at the strange scene. He'd lost any chance to slip quietly into the church. If he lingered any longer someone might report this to his father. He turned and quickly dashed across the street to his bike.