Recently native missionaries in Syria were visiting the home of a Muslim mother whose children had put their faith in Christ when her husband came in with another woman.
“What the team didn’t know is that they were sitting with one mom and her kids, but the other kids had a different mom,” the ministry leader said. “The guy was actually married to two.”
The kids had given their lives to Christ at a local ministry’s children’s camp, and they had asked the local missionaries if they would visit their home. Such visits are key to workers making contact with Muslims and leading them to Christ.
The parents were not devout Muslims, but Islam allows men to take up to four wives. The father, Usama*, and his other wife sat down and introduced themselves. After spending a little time getting to know Usama, the team decided to let the visit stand as an introduction and left.
“This man in white came to me, and He said, ‘I love you,’ and He just put his arms around me and hugged me, and since that night I don’t know what to do.”
The first mother later indicated she would like them to visit again, as she wanted to ask how she could have a closer relationship with her daughter, the ministry leader said.
“After several meetings with her, the father also started to ask some questions,” the leader said. “He asked us, ‘I can see the difference in our 10-year-old daughter – every time before we eat, she prays, and before she goes to bed, she prays for everyone. And that is something she didn’t have before.’”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for wisdom for local believers as they advise Usama’s family. Bringing polygamist converts into compliance with God’s will for marriage is a thorny issue.
- Pray for the ability to meet needs as expansion opportunities grow.