Published on May 17th, 2013
The following story is from a girl in Indonesia who lives in a safe house. The house protects children whose family members have been attacked by radical Muslims.
“I am 14 years old, and I have been at the safe house since 2010. I want to share my story. My mother told me this story. It happened when I was 3 years old.
Our home was on the beach, and my father went fishing with his friends. A riot was happening in the area. My mother told my father it would be better if he didn’t go out because of the situation. But finally my father went fishing at night without telling my mother.
A few hours later, my mom heard the sound of gunfire from the beach. Our neighbors and my mother tried to find the source of the gunfire. The friends who went fishing with my father came back from the sea without him. They only brought back his boat. My father is still missing today.
Sometimes I feel sad when I remember my father, but now I have Jesus close to me. I love to read Psalm 23:3 because the Lord always walks with me.
I pray every day at 9:00 a.m. Once I prayed that God would provide me with a school uniform, shoes, and books. God answered my prayers, and he provided.
I love science and get good grades. I want to be a doctor when I grow up; I want to treat sick people.
Be thankful if you still have a father and mother. If you live in the free world, then obey God and always pray to him.
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