Ramadan Day 29- Joy

July 10, 2014 by Open Doors in Ramadan

Ramadan Day 29 Somalia ‘ Nishan, 27, had just graduated from college, and was interning at a hospital when he first heard the gospel message. Three years later, he made known to his family that he had become a follower of Jesus Christ. Furious with his announcement, his family captured him and kept him locked in a dark room in the attic of their home for 13 days without any food. During this time he felt Jesus at his side, and it was a time of great joy knowing that He was with him. His only earthly allies, however, were his sister and mother. Fearful of being caught and punished, Nishan’s sister secretly brought him meals, and only after his mother pleaded with his father was he released. After that, Nishan decided to become a secret believer so as not to get his sister and mother in trouble. He now goes to the mosque, but furtively prays to Isa al Masih – In his immediate vicinity, Nishan is one of sixteen secret believers who meet at the mosque and call themselves followers of Isa al Misah. By meeting at the mosque, their respect in the community is maintained, and at the same time, they have the opportunity to build relationships with other secret believers. STAND “ONE WITH THEM” Today, after the sun sets, and the day’s fasting is over for Muslims, invite a neighbor over for dinner. Spend time joyfully giving thanks for His provision, and ask that He provide for brothers and sisters who are without. PRAY “ONE WITH THEM” Father, fill those who worship You in secret believers with a joy that cannot be extinguished by hardships. May their joy be a witness to others who are seeking Your truth. Amen