My Iraqi friend is very sweet. Her faith journey began as a child when her grandfather posed this question, “Do you think there is a God?”
She began to explore answers to this as a young Muslim, never quite knowing for certain. Then one day she walked into a church and noticed the sextant who loved his handicapped son. My friend was astonished by such Christian love. Often illness or physical deformities are seen as God’s retribution in the Quran similar to those shunned in the Bible.
Years later, the war in Iraq forced my friend to immigrate to America. Like any millennial, she socialized and partied with other young immigrants. But then there was nagging question about God, until she walked into a church as a seeker. She asked many questions until she decided to become a Christian.
Her family disowned her, but a new family adopted her.
It was just the beginning of her journey with Jesus when we connected. We had been meeting when she needed to find a room so she could pursue certification to practice medicine. After several months, her brother asked her to return home and live with their parents.
I was very afraid. But God is blessing this time of reconciliation even though she feels abandoned by the church in her singleness. R
emembering my own conversion from Confucianism/Buddhism, my first years as a Christian also were difficult. I didn’t think anyone understood me either. This was made worse by a schism at my home congregation and I left for a decade.
When I returned to ministry, I came across this book, “They Were Single Too: 8 Biblical Role Models,” by David Hoffeditz. It was very helpful for me to understand myself and my role in the body of Christ.
Very excited now that both of us will visit the Museum of the Bible in just a few weeks. Thankful for a very special sister who reminds me of myself.
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