Remember an Egyptian Mother on Mother’s Day
After Hasina fell asleep at night, she often had dreams about Jesus. But Hasina, like most of the people in Egypt where she lived, was a Muslim. Muslims are taught that Jesus was just a prophet, and not the Son of God sent by His Father to save believers from the sin that separates them from God.
Hasina’s dreams led her to seek Jesus and the truth about Him. She kept her search a secret from her son and her Muslim husband.
When Hasina began reading the Bible, she learned that God loved her. He made a way for her to come to Him through Jesus. She trusted Christ as her Savior and was secretly baptized.
One day, a taxi driver who knew her secret threatened to tell Hasina’s husband that she was a Christian. Hasina knew that her husband might harm her if he found out. And if she ran away and took her son with her, her husband might harm them both.
Hasina had to make a very hard decision. Should she deny Christ, become a Muslim again, and stay with her family? Or should she follow Christ and risk never seeing her son again? Hasina thought and prayed about her decision.
“I trust God and His promises in the Bible,” she thought. “My son can’t bring me to Christ, but Christ can return my son to me. I will depend totally on God to one day bring my son to me once again.”
Christians took Hasina to a secret “safe house” where she will not be harmed. Other Christians where she lives, Christians around the world, and even you, are now her family.
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).
Hasina said, “God told us in the Bible that he will reward us when we lose our family. [See Matthew 19:29.] So He gave me a family. This is how God is helping me now and surrounding me with His love.”
(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for clarity and length.)
This year on Mother’s Day, remember Hasina and other mothers in countries where Christians are persecuted.