In many countries around the world, dedicated followers of Jesus risk their freedom and lives to practice their faith. Through persecution and struggles, they remain close to their Savior, forgive their enemies, and spread God’s Word.
However, there are other groups of people who are persecuted for being “Christians.” These victims of persecution may have never entered a church. They probably have never owned or read a Bible, or shared the gospel with anyone. And they have not trusted in Christ as their Savior.
But their persecutors don’t care if they are true believers in Christ or not.
Abdu was one of those “Christians.” He and his father owned an auto repair shop in Syria. Because of the war that was destroying their homeland, his mother and siblings moved to a safer city. Abdu and his dad stayed behind to protect the shop and the land that had been in their family for almost 100 years.
But then radical Muslims kidnapped Abdu. They considered him to be a Christian because he had a Christian name and Christian ancestors.
Even though Abdu had never been to church, he began to pray when his captors kidnapped him. After 10 days of abuse by the kidnappers, to his surprise, Abdu was suddenly released. He rejoined the rest of his family and escaped from Syria.
Thankfully, in their new home, Abdu began attending church and placed his faith in Christ! Muslims have built a mosque on the family’s property in Syria, and they have lost all their possessions. “Yes, you can lose everything,” said Abdu. “But life in the Lord cannot be lost whatever happens.”
(Source: The August 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness)
To Talk About
Genesis 50:20 says, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good….” How could that verse apply to Abdu’s situation?