Egypt: A Hard Situation
SDOK is VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands. A worker from SDOK recently visited Egypt and talked to Christians there. After she returned home, the worker wrote told the story below. It appeared in Stef, which is SDOK’s children’s magazine.
The worker asked readers who read the story, “What would you do if you were the boy?” Many readers responded. “We have had a lot of reactions,” the worker said. Read the story and see what you think. And pray for the boy and his family.
What a story I heard in Egypt!
It’s about a boy of ten. He tells his story like this:
“I have a brother and a sister. My sister is ten years older than I am. We are Muslims, and I think we are quite good people.
“My father even went to another country with my sister, and when she came back, she was wearing a long black coat with a headscarf.
[Note: In some Muslim countries, veils and other coverings are symbols of strict Islam. Some women and girls wear coverings to bring honor to their families. Others cover their heads to show they are serious about their faith. Many cover themselves in front of people outside their family.]
“But after a while she put on regular clothes. After a few months, she quit even wearing a headscarf.
“One day my father came out of my sister’s room with a black book in his hand and he was very angry. ‘What are you doing with a Bible in your bag?’ he yelled at my sister. My sister did not say anything. My father kept yelling. ‘You have changed! Have you become a Christian or something? If so, I’d rather be dead!’
“My father really said that. Suddenly he turned to me and whispered in a threatening way, ‘She cannot step outside of the house the door without you. You must spy on her. Understood?’
“I nodded, but did not understand.
“That same night, a terrible thing happened. My father suddenly died of cardiac arrest. Everyone is now blaming my sister. She is still sweet and beautiful, but she has become very pale and thin.
I’ve been worrying for weeks about what to do. I know I should obey my father’s final wishes, but I do not want to be a spy and certainly do not want to spy on my dear sister.”
“What would you do?”