The following is written by one of the couples we mentor. May it encourage you as it did us.
Recently, after a 7 year absence, Adul and his wife visited her parents for the first time, to try to talk and make amends with them. The father told his daughter in no uncertain terms: “You have to come back to us, your marriage is invalid, your husband is a pagan”. During this discussion Adul made it clear that he would not return to Islam because only in Jesus is there hope for eternal life. After returning home Adul said to his wife: “I won’t hold you. If you want to go back to your father, go. But under one condition: they have to give you and our daughter your own room. You need a place for yourself.” When she told her father on the phone about the condition, he first didn’t want to agree, but later he did say, she could have her own room. Adul then said: “They have to also notarize this agreement with you. I don’t want you to end up on the streets. I fear that once your father passes away your stepmom and siblings will cast you out.” She told her father the second condition and she did not receive a positive answer. Adul by no means wanted to put pressure on his wife but wanted her to be well cared for if she chose to separate from him.
Another employee who came to faith many years ago also told his wife, “When you’re old there will be no father or mother to care for you. Also no brother or sister, but only your husband!” Then we prayed for Adul and his wife.
Yesterday, 4 weeks since our visit, my husband saw Adul at a funeral. He asked what had happened the past month. Adul answered with a glowing face: “Two weeks ago my wife decided to follow Jesus!”