Eight-year-old Rana was very sad when her father died. But she and her mother, Muna, could take comfort in knowing that he was in heaven with Jesus.
Rana’s parents, like most people in Egypt, were Muslims. After they learned the truth about Jesus, they decided to follow Him. But they kept their faith a secret. Sometimes Muslims in Egypt who become Christians are persecuted for their faith.
After Rana’s father died, her grandparents insisted that Muna get married again. They gave her a choice between two Muslim men. Muna did not know what to do. She and Rana lived with Rana’s grandparents, so it would have been hard to go against their wishes.
Then one day, Muna was watching a Christian TV program. A Christian speaker on the program said that marriage is a holy covenant with God. They told about the verse in 2 Corinthians 6 that says Christians should not be “yoked together” with unbelievers.
The words gave Muna courage to tell her parents that she would not marry either of the men they chose, and to move out of their house with Rana. She would not marry a Muslim man, and Rana would not have a Muslim stepfather.
Pray for Rana, Muna, and other secret Christians, and pray that Christian TV programs will reach more who need to hear Christian truths.
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