About Me

I am a former Kenyan Sunni Muslim who was educated in madrassa (Islamic religious school) during my formative years. (Hussein is my given first name, the name I received at birth. Hajji Wario was my father and he passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 1987. In madrassa I used to go by Hussein Hajji Wario. I legally go by Wario Hussein because the order of my name reversed with additional names added in April 1995.) Upon graduation from madrassa, I became a madrassa teaching assistant and a muadhin (a person who calls Muslims to pray) in my hometown, which is near Garsen. I converted to Christianity in August 1989 when I was 14 years old. My people group, the Orma, is one of the “unreached” people groups in the world because more than 99.98 percent is Muslim. I am only the second Orma to convert to Christianity.

My family found out about my conversion through my Muslim schoolmates at a boarding school six months later. Subsequent persecution resulted in the Kenyan government representative in my home area giving a final directive that led to my separation from my family in May 1990. I stayed in different parts of the country with various Christian families from different people groups and nationalities for about six years until I came to the United States in August 1996. I graduated from Hope College in 2000.

My faith journey is featured in my autobiography, Cracks in the Crescent. It discusses some esoteric aspects of Islam by conspicuously illustrating them throughout my upbringing as a Muslim, my conversion to Christianity and the ensuing persecution. It utilizes the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad’s sayings, the Hadith, to make its case.

Portions of my conversion story and the subsequent persecution have been featured in a 1998 book, The Call of Africa; the Grand Rapids Press in October 1996; a nationwide radio broadcast through Radio Bible Class (RBC) Ministries’ weekend program Words to Live By in the United States, Canada and in some select countries in October 2003; and a reformed semi-monthly magazine the Standard Bearer in September 2006. I have shared my story with churches, schools, colleges, and Christian groups in Kenya and the United States.

I live to give glory to the Lord for saving me from among my people. I am grateful, among many things, for His protection from my detractors. I believe that the Lord has called me to be an encouragement to His church and also be an instrument in mitigating difficulties it faces in understanding Islam and reaching out to Muslims. Please email me at info@husseinwario.com or call me if you have any question on Islam or if you would like me to speak at any of your events. Thank you.

My autobiography, Cracks in the Crescent, is available for purchase. Free shipping. Offer ends Friday, December 31, 2010.

  • Seeking for guidance

    Brother Hussien.

    I read your story and i have a hunch that some thing is wrong. Your story doesn’t tie together. you wrote “I converted to Christianity in August 1989 when I was 14 years old. My people group, the Orma, is one of the “unreached” people groups in the world because more than 99.98 percent is Muslim. I am only the second Orma to convert to Christianity.”
    How did you convert to Christianity at that age. you were like six or seventh grader at that time and you were surrounded by Muslims because you said 99.98 percent are Muslims. And how did you know that you were the second person to convert to Christianity. Isn’t the population of Orma like 70,000 or so? .What Christianity do you follow now? Catholicism? And most importantly why did you convert to Christianity?

    • http://www.cracksinthecrescent.com Hussein

      Yes, I became a believer through the saving Grace of Jesus Christ in August 1989. I was in 8th grade. You can listen to my testimony HERE.
      Why do you think “some thing is wrong” with my conversion at that age? Do you think I wasn’t a Muslim enough? Please explain yourself. Thank you.

      • Seeking for guidance

        I wish i have time to listen to your one hour testimony, but i don’t. I can’t waste the whole one hour of Ramadan on this. Allah knows whether you are telling the truth or not. When i get time Inshallah i will listen to it and respond (after Ramadan.)

  • aday

    hi how r u. i understand how many times you suffer about christ it’s blessing to suffer in his name,and please continue your preaching and good work
    thanks for your story