Traumatized from violence in northern Iraq, Ayesha* was weak with an unknown illness after she and her young children took refuge in Jordan.
Her Muslim husband had taken up residence in Baghdad after the destruction of their home and belongings. His mother knew that Ayesha was receiving help from Christians in Jordan and pressured him to bring the children to Baghdad so they could grow up close to their Islamic roots, according to the director of a native ministry.
Ayesha’s mother belonged to a devout Muslim sect, and her late father had been Zoroastrian. His passing away as the Islamic State took territory in Iraq had devastated her. He had been the most important person to her growing up, giving her love, guidance and self-confidence in spite of the cultural restrictions imposed on girls. She recalled him as spiritually open and loving all people.
He had been accomplished in business, and Ayesha too had excelled in positions with different companies after obtaining her degree in agricultural engineering, the ministry leader said.
Now living in a run-down apartment as a refugee, her father’s passing was still fresh in her mind. Ayesha was grateful for the aid and skills training the native ministry’s sewing trainer provided as she told Ayesha about the God of the Bible.
“In the midst of her weakness, her will was connected to the great confidence that God has a plan for her life,” the sewing trainer said. “She had been looking for years to know which way? Why? And when?”
She was looking for inner peace as she learned sewing skills from the ministry’s sewing instructor.
“She asked me a lot of questions about the cross and the story of eternal salvation by the Blood of Christ and His sacrifice, in addition to a lot of subjects from Adam to Christ,” the trainer said.
Ayesha joined a women’s Bible study that the trainer was leading, and her passion and commitment to the Bible was evident, she said.
But then Ayesha stopped attending for a long time. When the trainer would call her, she’d say alternately that she had to care for the children, or help them with their studies, or that they were sick, or that she was sick.
The trainer maintained contact by text message.
She later learned that Ayesha’s mother-in-law had twice visited her from Iraq, her sister had visited her from Sweden and her husband had visited from Baghdad for an extended period.
She had secretly put her faith in Christ but couldn’t let them know yet, the trainer said.
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SOURCE: Christian Aid Mission