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From Fear to Joy
“I grew up in a ‘Christian’ home, but I can’t recall pleasant memories from my childhood. My mother was the second wife to my father; he always introduced her as his sister-in-law. Because my parents could not read, I was never taught about Christ or the Bible. I never prayed or went to church. In our village there were 600 Muslim families; my family was the only Christian one,” shares 24-year-old Ni Lu.
Even though she desired to know Jesus, there was no one to help her. “I didn’t know the way to the truth. So, I secretly began practicing Muslim rituals like fasting and the five daily prayers.” As Ni Lu delved into Islam, she met two Christian ladies who gave her a Bible. “I started reading from the Gospel of John. I tried hard to know Jesus, but I was so in the dark and returned to my Muslim rituals.”
Her parents eventually learned of her conversion to Islam and insisted that she marry a Christian man. At first, Ni Lu was fearful and refused. “But my fear was quickly replaced with joy, because it was my husband who explained the Christian faith to me. I began to know and experience God more personally. The truth I had been searching and longing for, I finally found.”
Today, Ni Lu works as a literacy teacher. “I have three classes with almost 90 students; most are women. At first the men in the area became very angry with me. They accused me of using the literacy program to convert people to the faith. But I am not giving up, especially when I see people knowing Jesus Christ.”
One With Them
Give thanks today for the joy Ni Lu has in serving Christ. Be One With Them in serving Christ without fear of what others may think or say.