Published on December 2nd, 2020
(Source: The December 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and clarity.)
[Photo: Syrian refugee women]
Iman felt that she was ugly. She had been burned in a kitchen fire, and her face was severely scarred. Her husband left her, and her children didn’t want to come near her because of the way she looked.
Iman had lived in Syria, but had become a refugee in Jordan during a war in Syria. (A refugee is someone who flees from one place to live in a safer place.) Like most Syrians, Iman was a Muslim. She had no help and support, and she felt ashamed of her scarred face.
Then a church in Jordan heard her story. A few women from the church visited her and brought her food. They embraced her and greeting her by kissing her on the cheek. “She thought nobody would ever want to look at her,” said a VOM worker. “These women just did the normal thing — and loved her. It was powerful.”
Iman was won over by the women’s show of Christian love. “Seeing what the gospel looks like, she responded to the gospel,” said the VOM worker. Iman is now an active member of that church.
To Talk About
*What does it mean that Iman “responded to the gospel”?
*Why did Iman respond to the gospel?
*Do you think Iman’s children felt differently toward her after the Christian women visited? How and why might their attitudes have changed?