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Morocco: Happy Meal


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A Natural Thing to Do
David, age 7, and Lena, age 9, pray before their meal when they eat at restaurants. They also pray before they eat at home, before bedtime, and at family devotions. “It is the natural thing to do,” said their father Mark.

Mark grew up in a Muslim family in Morocco. After a friend invited him to Bible study classes, Mark gave his life to Jesus. He married a Christian girl, Sarah. When David and Lena were born, Mark and Sarah taught them to love Jesus, read the Bible, and pray.

“Pray for Us”
Jesus told His followers to “go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15). But sharing the gospel is not always easy in Morocco. The laws of Morocco say that no one can try “to shake the faith of a Muslim or to convert him to another religion.” Many Christians in Morocco wonder, “How can I talk to Muslims about God?”

One day Mark, Sarah, David, and Lena went to a McDonald’s restaurant in Morocco. About 15 of their Muslim friends were with them. Before the meal, David and Lena’s family joined hands to thank God for their food and for their friends. They asked God’s blessing on their meal and their lives.

Some of the Muslims at McDonald’s that day were not happy that Mark had left Islam to become a Christian. In the past some had even insulted him because of his faith in Jesus.

Maybe it would have been safer and easier to skip their mealtime prayer that day. The Muslims might have been offended by the prayer and the meal ruined.

But for David and Lena’s family, prayer was “the natural thing to do.” So they prayed.

Later one of the Muslims said, “I see your family prays. What do you say when you pray?”

Mark explained how Christians thank God and talk to Him about their concerns. “Well,” said the Muslim, “why don’t you pray for us?”

God had opened a way for the Christians to show God’s love to the Muslims. Again David and Lena joined hands with their parents, but this time their Muslim friends joined hands with them, too. Mark thanked God and prayed for everyone there.

It was truly a “Happy Meal.”