Published on September 19th, 2014
Miriam’s family wanted her to get married. They suggested several men who could be her husband. But she refused them all, because they were all Muslims.
Miriam had become a follower of Jesus, which was unusual in her Central Asian country. “I prayed for a Christian husband which seemed impossible because there are almost no Christians here,” she said.
As a Christian Miriam knew it would be wrong for her to marry someone who did not also follow Christ. She continued to serve God and witness to Muslims even after her brother beat her and her mother kicked her out of the house.
As Miriam obediently followed Christ, she met Basit, the Christian man who would become her husband. He also came from a Muslim family.
Mirian’s family offered to help her start a business, rent her an apartment, and get her a car if she would give up her faith in Christ and not marry Basit. She told them she wouldn’t leave Jesus for a million dollars.
Miriam and Basit got married, and they now hold illegal house church meetings in their home. The work is dangerous, because radical Muslims in the region are a danger to Christians. “We pray at night that Jesus will give us another day tomorrow, because we do not know what will happen tomorrow,” said Basit.
Now Miriam and Basit aren’t the only bold believers in their home. They have two children who are not treated nicely by Muslim children in the area. It’s not easy for Miriam and Basit to watch their children being mistreated, but they place their hope and trust for the future in Christ.
Why did Miriam refuse to marry a Muslim? What problems might a married couple face if both of them were not Christians?
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