Hannah lives in a remote village in Central Asia. She is a new follower of Christ and spends her days caring for her two young sons. Her is husband is living and working in a neighboring country. Despite living in a predominantly Islamic land, she attends a nearby church and is growing spiritually, unafraid to leave her Muslim roots. Importantly, she brings home Christian brochures and books to aid in sharing her faith.
One day her son, Cameron, put some of the brochures in his backpack without his mother knowing it. While playing at school, his backpack came open and exposed the secret brochures. The wind carried them around the school yard and into the hands of many curious children. The children were alarmed by the Christian content and went to the Principal. The Principal went to the police.
As a result, the police arrested Hannah and her two young sons that day.
At the station, Hannah was bullied, questioned, and insulted by the police. However, she answered their questions and did not waver from her newfound Christian faith. She called her Pastor for help since her husband was away. When he arrived at the station, he took full responsibility for the Christian materials in her possession. They confiscated his Bible and brochures, but released Hannah.
Afterwards, Hannah was shunned by relatives and forced to leave her village for following Jesus. She and her young family found refuge at her Pastor’s home.
Meanwhile, we heard about Hannah and her situation through our WhatsApp Prayer Group. Our team stepped in offering support, counsel and prayers for safety because local police often plant drugs, or other paraphernalia in jacket pockets of the innocent to make their punishment worse. Consequently, our team assured these brothers and sisters we would do everything possible to help through our connections in-country.
Every day believers like Hannah are banished from their families and need connection to a church. Will you give now to help them thrive under persecution?
Later that week, Pastor H. went to the police department to retrieve his confiscated Bible and other materials. The police asked him to explain the difference between Muslims and Christians. Even though the question may have been set as a trap, Pastor H. answered with the words of Jesus from John 14:6.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.JOHN 14:6
Pastor H. continued to share the Gospel with those at the police department. The officers were surprised to hear that Azerbaijani Christians love, respect and pray for people in government. Also, the Pastor shared how Global Heart’s staff (in America) also loved and encouraged them more than they ever experienced before. After that, the Police Chief returned the Pastor’s Bible and respectfully escorted him to the door to say goodbye.
Hannah was fined $1,500, a hefty amount in Central Asia. However, the local church body is pooling resources to help pay the fine.
A few weeks later, the school principal invited Hannah back to the school. The principal greeted her with cake, tea and a sincere apology. The principal told her about a recurring dream. A Man in a white robe appeared to him in his dreams. This man told him he acted unjustly towards Hannah, he had hurt her very much and must ask her for forgiveness.
Seizing the opportunity, Hannah explained that Jesus was the Man in the white robe and He changed her life. Hannah proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus to over 100 teachers that day!
Together we can give access to faith-building resources to help new believers like Hannah grow under persecution. Will you give today?
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