Remembering a doctor who left Islam and was martyred for the faith
Dr. Mithlai was brought up in a fanatic Muslim family in the northern province of a Central Asian country. When he was 42 years old, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior while doing research for his doctorate, reports Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service.
After his conversion from Islam, Dr. Mithlai married a Christian woman and they had four children. His conversion created death threats within his family, so they escaped to another city, where they boldly proclaimed the Gospel.
Many Muslims came to Christ in this area, but the family was attacked, and their seven-year-old son was killed. So they left there for another city and continued their ministry.
Dr. Mithlai helped start At Anycost Jesus Mission in early 2000, which was instrumental in establishing support for underground evangelism in Muslim areas and remains a strong voice for Jesus. He helped train 78 underground missionaries serving in different countries.
His boldness for Christ eventually caught the attention of local Muslim militants who told the doctor and his family to stop preaching and demanded they convert back to Islam. Despite threats of violence, he continued preaching and reaching out to the lost. He and his family refused to give in to the militants’ demands and continued to proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior and said, “we will stand with Him until the last breath of our lives.”
Dr. Mithlai endured several beatings because of his refusal to stop preaching. The pressure against him increased and the brutality worsened. At one point, his 15-year-old son was kidnapped by 15 to 20 people who circumcised him in a barbaric manner. As a result, the young man developed an infection, but eventually recovered.
The militants continued to threaten Dr. Mithlai and his family. They told him that what happened to his son was a warning and worse would follow if the family kept evangelizing.