Yara, whose family is Muslim, decided to give her life to Christ. She tried to keep her faith a secret, but the change in her behavior was too drastic. Her newfound hope even made her face look different. Her mother began to suspect that Yara was a Christian. “She was asking a lot of questions,” Yara said. When her mother began to tell her stories of people who were killed by their families after leaving Islam, Yara decided it was time to leave home.
In January 2016, Yara left her job and family in Jordan to start a new life in a nearby country. Since leaving her old life behind, Yara has endured many challenges. She has been fired from several jobs because of her faith, forcing her to move eight times. Yara has also experienced health complications from diabetes, and her new medications are expensive. She has tried to reach out to her mother, but her mother is still angry about her conversion. Despite everything, Yara trusts in God and sees him working in her life. She has found a church and is searching for a better job. She asks us to pray that her parents, two brothers, and sister will come to know the Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We lift up Yara and new Christians like her who have rejected the false religion of their family and culture. We pray that the seed of Your Word will take deep root in their hearts so that they will be able to withstand the persecution and pressure they face for following You (Matt. 13:23). We pray that other Christians will encourage them and help them mature in their faith. We pray that they will look to You as provider for their many needs, as many, like Yara, have lost jobs and homes and have health concerns. Thank You for drawing them to You and for their willingness to sacrifice all for Your sake. In Jesus’ name, amen.
(Source: The January 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)