“I left Syria 2 years ago,” said Um Hana, “when the Syrian army entered our house, took my husband and tried to rape me. They burned down our house. I came alone to Jordan, traveling with my kids. It is very dangerous for a woman to travel alone. When my husband came out of jail 3 months later he had scars on his back from where the police hit him. In Syria, I was a good Muslim. I prayed from time to time, but not five times a day. After we had been in Jordan for 8 months, a sheik from Saudi Arabia came to our house. When he saw our 8-year old daughter, he offered to buy her for sex.”
(As terrible as this is, it is not unusual in this part of the world. The girls are used and then left to fend for themselves. It is shameful and traumatic for them and their families).
Um Hana continues, “After this we started asking ourselves about Islam.” A worker with Voice of the Martyrs began to visit them regularly, speaking about Jesus. After about a year, Um Hana and her husband received Christ.
“I found the way,” Um says. I had a big burden on me, but now I am free. I started to love people. When I first arrived in Jordan, I hated almost everyone. Now I can forgive people, and I feel that my sins are forgiven. Recently, I read the story where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. When I look at my old life, I was like that man. But now I am alive again. Jesus can do everything.”
PRAY FOR UM HANA AND HER FAMILY. MANY OF THEIR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS ARE SUSPICIOUS OF THEM AND THE FAMILY COULD BE IN DANGER. PRAY THAT THEIR OTHER RELATIVES WILL COME TO CHRIST.
The country of JORDAN has taken in nearly 1.5 million refugees as a result of the civil war in Syria. Rent and food prices have doubled or tripled and there aren’t enough jobs. Families survive on handouts and live crammed together in apartment buildings. But these hopeless people fleeing militant Islam are often open to the message of the gospel. The Voice of the Martyrs shared the love of Jesus and for one family it made all the difference!