STORIES OF HOPE

The rope around Sayeed’s neck broke—and he got a second chance.

Sayeed found a rope, put a loop around his neck and kicked off the chair.

By the end of 2020 he felt completely overwhelmed by the suffering surrounding him. Like so many people, the effects of the global pandemic and other crises began to take their toll.


Today you can help people discover the hope of Jesus in the midst of overwhelming situations.

As a child Sayeed struggled with anger. He was irritable and sometimes violent. To express himself he practiced mixed martial arts and drove fast cars, even evading police at times.

Although he grew up in a Muslim family, he found no solace in the prayers and rituals. And by the time he was a young adult, he claimed adherence to no religion at all.

As he wrestled with the turmoil within, his desperation grew with every new crisis of 2020. In the spring Azerbaijanis faced strict COVID-19 lockdowns that lasted for months. People were allowed to leave their homes for two to three hours a day only with special police permission. In the summer, political unrest riveted the country as tensions with neighboring Armenia heightened. The situation worsened, and in the fall, Azerbaijan was embroiled in a violent 44-day border war over the disputed territory. By the end of 2020, several thousand people across the small country had died from COVID-19 and hundreds of thousands more had lost their jobs and businesses. Over 5,000 soldiers from both sides died in the war, and more than 130,000 civilians were displaced by the fighting.

Sayeed felt the stress of it all, and thought he couldn’t take anymore. So he planned to commit suicide.

But when he slipped a rope around his neck and kicked off the chair, the rope around his neck broke, and he fell to the floor weeping. He cried out to God for help.

Fifteen minutes later a Global Heart Ministries’ team member called his phone.

Sayeed thought it was a joke at first. But he could not ignore what the woman on the phone was telling him about Jesus.

Previously he had viewed a Global Heart Ministries’ Facebook post. He had interacted with our staff, asking questions about faith. Our team member received his contact information and providentially called at just the right time. By the end of their phone conversation, Sayeed made a decision to trust Jesus.

You can help people like Sayeed hear about Jesus and the plans He has for their lives.

Our staff helped him connect with a local Underground Church so he could grow in his faith alongside other believers. He joined a discipleship group and participates in local outreach events every chance he gets.

“I am never tired from this work. I have so much energy and excitement,” he said.

His family noticed the change in his life and wanted to know more. Sayeed shared the Gospel with them, and one by one his sister, mother, father and aunt also trusted in Jesus.

Sayeed developed a relationship with our local Connect Center team. Every time he meets with our staff, he tells them about someone else who has heard the Gospel and made a decision to follow Jesus.

“Before I came to the Lord, I truly wanted to leave Azerbaijan. It was just so hopeless and difficult,” he said. “But now it’s a different story. I have work to do. I have people to serve, and I’m glad to do it.”

Sayeed isn’t wasting his second chance—he’s telling everyone about Jesus and the new life He gives.


Today there are millions of people across the Middle East and Central Asia who are searching for hope. By partnering with Global Heart Ministries, you can give them access to the message of Jesus. Using innovative technology and digital media, we share the Gospel, provide connection to the Underground Church and supply faith-building resources to people living in the most unreached regions of the world.  

Will you give now to share the Good News with people like Sayeed and help them discover the One who gives new life and second chances?

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