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Sleeping on the Roof

Abdul (right) and his mentors

Late at night, after most people in Pakistan were asleep, Adbul secretly approached a house in his village and climbed up to the roof, where he slept until about 5 a.m. He woke up when the sun rose, climbed down, and walked quietly away.

The house belonged to Abdul’s parents, who had kicked him out of their Muslim family when he became a Christian. Abdul had no place to live, so he spent every night for six years on the roof of his former home. “It was easy in the summertime, but very hard during the wintertime,” Abdul said. “I always kept a matchbook in my pocket to make a fire to make myself warm.”

When Abdul felt lonely or discouraged, he prayed, “Thank you, God. This is all about You and for You.”

Abdul’s relatives finally allowed him to stay in a separate room added to their house, but they continued to verbally abuse him and give him a hard time. Abdul prays for them. Abdul plans to marry a Christian girl he met in another part of Pakistan. His family will not attend the wedding. Abdul accepts persecution as part of being a Christian.

“I know that I have to die,” he said. “But before I die, I want to share the good news that people can go to heaven.”

(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length and clarity.)

Read another story about a Christian who had to sleep in an unusual place here.


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