(The story and information below come from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, a ministry that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. SDOK is in the Netherlands.)
Hi! I am Merdan and I am 7 years old. My father is a Kurd from Iraq. He fled to the Netherlands where he got to know the Lord Jesus and my mother. I have two brothers and one sister.
We have visited my relatives in Kurdish Iraq. My relatives live in a very beautiful part of Iraq with high mountains and beautiful rivers. Kurdish food is also very tasty: chicken and a lot of rice!
I liked many things but some things I did not like. Few people there believe in Jesus. One of my relatives believes now, but he doesn’t dare talk to anyone about it. Otherwise, he may not come home anymore. People always say that he must become a Muslim again.
The Kurdish children really don’t have a nice life. Some children are paralyzed and have to beg for money. Many children also work, for example as a street vendor. In Iraq we could also go to church, but it was a super long drive. Christians find a church service in the city way too dangerous, so they look for a quiet place in nature.
My father tells everyone he encounters about Jesus, and many people have come to believe in Him. I believe in the Lord Jesus; that is the most beautiful thing in my life. I sometimes dream about God. He says softly, “Merdan, Merdan!” And puts His hand on my head. I really like that. I want to be close to Him. Children in the Netherlands are blessed. We don’t have to flee because there is war in our country or because we believe in Jesus.
More About the Kurds
Many Kurds do not live in the Middle East, but in other countries.
The Netherlands: 75,000
No country: The Kurds are the largest people in the world that have no country of their own.
Kurds in the Middle East: There are 35 million Kurds living in northern Iraq and Syria, eastern Turkey and western Iran.
Religion: Most Kurds are Muslim, around 95%.
[Photo above: Merdan. Can you tell what game he is playing?]
Hospitality is very important to the Kurds and in the Bible. At Merdan’s house, people eat with them every day. His parents tell their guests about the gospel.
Can you invite someone to dinner this month? Maybe you can tell that person about God’s love.