oldest daughters for Christian baptism.
It was three days after the baptism
that the vehicle of six armed men
attacked Mary's encampment. Husseini
had re-married two or three times
already, only to be rejected whenever
the new wife discovered his cruelty. Now
he was vindictive. He was more ruthless
than ever. This former wife and children
had shamed him by openly professing
to be Christians through baptism.
Rounding up the children and heaping
more threats and curses on the Christian
women and other children, he and the
other attackers left. He took the children
to the only place he knew he would be
welcomed, his parent's encampment.
The next day, he appeared before
the Muslim judge and arranged for
Mary and her Christian neighbors to
be summoned before the Islamic court.
Great fear fell on all who walked into the
courtroom later that day as the young
Christians, who had just submitted to
Christian baptism in a Muslim country,
knew all too well what their fate could
be. Silent prayers were incessantly
being sent to their new Savior whom
they loved and trusted. They would not
recant their faith!
To the surprise of many, the Islamic
court declined to hear the case! He sent
them to the local government authority.
Upon hearing the case, the government
official decided the case in Mary's favor!
He explained that even though their
country was predominantly an Islamic
country, the new government wanted
everyone to have freedom of religion in
The case against the neighbor
was dropped and the official even
demanded Husseini give restitution
for the attack and abuse to Mary and
her children. However, not everything
was resolved. According to Sharia law,
the children belong to the father. The
official explained, however, that any
child seven-years-old or over could not
be forced to stay with the father unless
he wanted to do so. This meant three of
Mary's children would come back to her.
Today, under the guidance of
the missionary's family, Mary is still
growing in her faith in God and striving
to train her three older children for
Him. She has acknowledged many
times that if the missionary had not
come to her country, translated the
Bible into her language and had a heart
for evangelism, she would never have
the salvation and hope she now has
in Christ. Her two younger children
are still living under the harsh hand of
Husseini. Because of her faith, threats
on her life are still being made. Will any
of her persecutors dare to carry them
out? Will Husseini's heart ever open to
the Gospel? Only time will tell.
Will you pray for Mary, her family
and others like her? Many more are
seeking for answers and groping for
spiritual light. Thank the Lord that one
missionary was willing to go and make
a difference by bringing salvation to the