Before Ilyas became an LCM Missionary, he was working as a mini cab driver in East London and the London borough of Redbridge...
Passengers who journeyed with him short distance heard the shorter version of the Gospel and others on long journeys heard the longer version. And those who were busy on the phone during their time in the vehicle, at the end of the journey, he would hand them the booklet, “Introducing Jesus my friend".
Ilyas is a now a missionary to Muslims and people of other religions in Newham and Redbridge. Newham is the second poorest borough with a high proportion of 37 per cent of people living in poverty and inequality. Key religious statistics show that 42 per cent of people are Christian and 34.2 per cent are Muslim.
How are churches going to reach Muslims and others with the Gospel? Ilyas and the team offer training to help local churches to run book tables and door-to-door ministries. He explains, "my vision and passion is that the Church is envisioned, equipped and mobilised to reach out to Muslims and others with the good news of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. The church need to be active and intentional in God's mission."