Published on March 15th, 2018
One night, Duhra had a dream about a big, white building. The building looked like a mosque where Muslims worship. But it had a cross on top.
Even though Duhra was a Muslim, she had seen crosses before. Some Coptic Christian students at her elementary school in Egypt had cross tattoos on their wrists or hands as a symbol of their faith.
The dream comforted Duhra, so she began drawing a cross on her own wrist. Duhra’s strict Muslim grandmother, who was raising her, was upset. “Christians can hurt you and they do many bad things,” Duhra’s grandmother told her.
When Duhra was in fifth grade, she was walking outside one day when she saw the building from her dream. It was a church! For then on, she often secretly left her house to visit another nearby church.
“God is Really With Me”
Duhra’s grandmother died, and Duhra’s mother returned from working in another country to care for her. Christians at church and in her neighborhood helped Duhra understand more about Jesus and the meaning of the cross. She placed her trust in Jesus as her Savior.
Duhra’s mother was not a strict Muslim, but she didn’t want her daughter to follow Christ. She mistreated Duhra, and when Duhra was old enough, her mother arranged for her to be married to a Muslim man.
When Duhra and her husband had a baby boy, Duhra gave him a Christian name. Her husband angrily kicked her out of their house, without their son. Now Duhra has not seen her son in 11 years.
Duhra’s life is difficult. She still has medical problems as a result of her mother’s abuse. But she remains faithful to God and prays that her relatives will come to know the Lord. The Voice of the Martyrs is helping Duhra with her medical needs. She is thankful for VOM and grateful to the Christians in her church who have become her new family.
“God is really with me,” Duhra said. “I think all the suffering and struggles strengthened me.”
To Talk About
* 1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Duhra was a child when she saw crosses on her classmates’ wrists. But she didn’t learn the true meaning of the cross until a few years later. If someone asked you what the cross means, how would you answer? Ask a mature Christian to help you prepare an answer if needed.
*What can you pray for Duhra’s son?