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Egypt: Lana Finds Peace

Egypt

(From the Kids of Courage archives)

Lana hated Christians. She and her Muslim friends in Egypt were taught to stay away from Christians.

Lana’s school friend, Sahar, had a plan. She asked Lana to join her in carrying out her plan.

Sahar planned to listen to Christian programs on the radio. The girls would then choose the Christian radio host who seemed to be the weakest in his faith. They decided to write letters to the host and ask him questions that he could not answer.

Lana liked Sahar’s idea, and she agreed to help. She wrote a letter to one of the Christians and explained that she was a Muslim girl who would “never be shaken from her faith.” Her letter then asked the host, “Is Christ God, a messenger (prophet), or the Son of God?”

Lana said, “I never expected an answer to my letter because I did not believe he had one.” Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet, but not the Son of God. They do not believe He died for the sins of the world, or that people are saved by the grace of God through faith in Christ. Muslims do not understand that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are one God.

To Lana’s surprise, the host answered her letter! His answer was polite and loving. “He did not attack me, and I found myself liking what he wrote,” said Lana. “I read his letter several times a day.”

Lana continued to write to the host. After awhile, he gave her a Bible and led her to Christ. “I accepted the Lord into my life. I felt God was turning me around,” Lana said.

Peace and Persecution
Lana’s life did turn around. She began to experience the peace of those who follow Christ. But her family was not as peaceful about her decision. They tried to talk her out of her faith.

Family members did not allow Lana to eat meals with them anymore or to wash her clothes with theirs. They did not want their dishes and laundry to be “contaminated” by someone who did not follow Islam. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

One night Lana’s father caught her listening to a Christian radio program. He kicked her out of the house. He told her that as far as he was concerned, she was “dead.” Lana spent the night with a friend.

After a while, Lana found a job in a Christian bookstore. One day a man came into the shop and asked Lana to help him with something outside. But when Lana left the store to help him, he kidnapped her!

The man took Lana to a National Security office. He questioned her about her faith and treated her harshly for three days. Then her parents came, even though her father had said she was “dead.” Lana’s parents and the man tried again to get Lana to return to Islam.

Lana refused to deny Jesus.  She went into hiding where her family and enemies could not find her.

“I trust God because He is alive,” said Lana. “My comfort is that it is only a short time that I’m spending here on earth. But there will be a long time that I’ll spend with Him. I know there will come a time when there will be no more sorrow or suffering. This is our hope in the Lord Jesus.”

To Think About

  • What did Lana mean when she said, “It is only a short time that I’m spending here on earth. But there will be a long time that I’ll spend with Him.”
  • Lana and Sahar looked for the weakest host to question. But his strength came from God, who has no weaknesses. (See Philippians 4:13.) How can you strengthen your walk with God so that you can help bring others to Christ?

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