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Mary’s Story

Lebanese girl
Lebanese girl

Mary was 17 years old when Muslim fanatics raided her village in Lebanon. Mary and her parents had two choices: “become a Muslim or be shot.”

Mary boldly told one of the men, “I choose God. Go ahead and shoot.” Mary and her family were shot. Two days later, helpers arrived in the village and found a miracle. Mary was alive! However, she was paralyzed by the bullet wound.

Mary held on to her faith and prayed. Finally a strange peace came over her. She made the following promise to God: “Everyone has a job to do. So I will offer my life for the Muslims who tried to kill me. My life will be a prayer for them.”

Her prayers and witness for Christ brought many Muslims to faith in Jesus. Mary’s offering of her life also encouraged many Christians to stay in their country during a war to take a stand for Christ.

(Source: Extreme Devotion, available at VOM Books. Edited and paraphrased. Please preview the book before sharing the stories with children.)


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