A Christian woman in Mali is offering forgiveness to the jihadists who killed her husband and were sent by her own Muslim family to punish her for leaving Islam to follow Jesus Christ.
Naomi, as the woman is named in an Open Doors USA report, said that her Egyptian Muslim father moved the family to the Mali city of Timbuktu to spread Islam when she was small, but he died when she was 8 years old.
At first, she was opposed to the Christian faith, but at age 12 she felt drawn to Jesus Christ after interacting with other Christians at school.
Her Muslim family disowned her but she was taken in by a local missionary family, who treated her as their own daughter.
When the missionaries left, Naomi was forced to go back to her Muslim family, where she was harassed every day for her faith.
When she was 16, she met a Christian man from Belgium, and the two decided to get married despite the mockery both faced from other Muslims. The couple had two sons, Ibrahim and Youssouf.
On a number of occasions, she said that her Muslim family sent jihadists to their house to kill them or frighten them.
“Their plans never worked. But one day, while my husband was on a business trip, he was gunned down. He was killed for his faith, and for marrying an ex-Muslim. His colleagues delivered the terrible news to me. I have no idea what happened to his body,” Naomi revealed.
Years later, in 2012, Naomi and her two sons were forced to flee as Muslim jihadists began killing Christians in the Tuareg Rebellion, and they made their way to Timbuktu.
Youssouf, a teen at the time, was kidnapped by the radical Islamic group Ansar al-Dine when it invaded their home.
“Ibrahim, my second son, was terrified,” Naomi recalled. “He held on to me and kept whispering, ‘Jesus help us, Jesus help us.'”
The mother said that she prayed and prayed for her son to be released.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov