Published on December 26th, 2018
Read a previous post about Pauline and her children here.
Radical Muslims did not want Christians spreading their faith in Gaza. They kidnapped Rami Ayyad, the manager of a Christian bookstore. Rami’s wife, Pauline, and his sons George, age 2; and Wissam, age 1; hoped Rami would return home safely. But sadly, the kidnappers shot him, and he died.
A few months later in February 2008, Pauline gave birth to George and Wissam’s new baby sister, named Sama. Pauline said Sama means “heaven” in Arabic. She chose the name “because her father is in heaven.” Pauline was left to raise her three children alone, while working to forgive Rami’s killer.
About a year ago, the murderer was arrested. When Pauline saw his photo in the newspaper, at first she was angry. But the Holy Spirit gently reminded her of the forgiveness for which she had worked and prayed. In obedience, she shared the newspaper article on her Facebook page with the comment, “I forgive this man.”
(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length and clarity.)
Ask God to help other persecuted Christians also forgive their persecutors.
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