The Muslim father of a teenage boy in the Middle East noticed his son leaving the house each Sunday.
“Where are you going every Sunday – have you become a Christian?” he asked Nizar*, according to a local ministry leader.
The leader said that as Nizar was telling him about the exchange, tears filled his eyes.
“I really had only one answer for him,” Nizar said, “yet I knew that it would cause my earthly father to be angry and give my earthly body some pain and put me out of the house. I knew I couldn’t deny my heavenly Father. So, by faith I replied with some fear, ‘Yes, Dad, I do go to church, and I am a Christian because it has blessed me so much.’”
Nizar had been secretly involved in Bible studies and worship services at the local ministry leader’s church for months. After his baptism, his mother had noticed he had a New Testament and had reprimanded him for becoming a Christian – but kept it secret to protect him from his father’s wrath.
Without going into details, the ministry leader said that Nizar’s father punished him with “drastic” and “nasty” measures, but that the boy continued sneaking to worship services whenever possible and one day showed up at the church site after school.
“His father got even more angry and made plans to send him to his grandmother’s village to finish school where there is no church,” the leader said.
Thus far Nizar has been able to resist being sent to the other village.
“We’re doing our best to comfort this young man,” the leader said. “Pray with us that his family will soften their attacks on their son and see the light.”
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SOURCE: Christian Aid Mission