Published on October 15th, 2014
The update below tells more about what happened next.
A neighbor took Habila to a hospital the next morning. Habila was sent to several different hospitals in an attempt to get him the medical help he needed.
Dr. Jim is a worker with VOMedical, which is VOM’s program that helps persecuted Christians who have urgent health and medical needs. After reading the reports of Habila’s medical care after the shooting, Dr. Jim said, “It is only by the grace of God that he survived.”
Healing and Forgiving
The doctors scheduled an operation to fix Habila’s cheekbone, which was destroyed by the bullet. But before the operation started, the doctors were amazed to see that Habila’s cheekbone had healed! The operation was not needed.
Habila still shares his story and his faith with others. VOM workers asked him some questions about his experiences.
VOM Worker: How do you feel about the people who shot you?
Habila: I pray to God, “God, forgive them.” My prayer is that [they will know the truth and] be saved. I love them …. Even if I have the opportunity to see them, I will hug them, and I will pray for them.
VOM Worker: How can you forgive the men who shot you?
Habila: Because Christ is love. The God I am serving is love….He commands us to love each other….Christ died for us….He loves us. That’s why we must show that love to the people that hate us.
Source: October 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for clarity and age appropriateness.