Fatima is a student in the U.S. but needs to keep her location and information quiet to protect her. Please read and pass along her incredible story.I didn't know God. I felt so uncertain and afraid and one night a miracle changed everything I knew. I was 12 years old when Christ reviled Himself to me in a dream and gave me this simple message “Give me your heart and I’ll love you forever.” I woke up changed and fulfilled with the understanding of Christ. Months turned into years as I kept this secret dream dear to my heart. Then fear sunk deeper as the years passed by in my Muslim life and eventually denied Christ all together. I thought I was crazy so I dug deeper and deeper into Islam while falling even further into a hole of darkness.
For nine years I didn't open up to anyone about this Love I so badly needed to embrace. When I confessed Jesus to my family my fear certainly proved me right as my father, mother, twin sister and younger brother disowned me and blasphemed my identity as a daughter and sister the second I released this secret.
Months went by as I tried to explain the desire of my heart. I hadn't read the Bible and had no real evidence of Christ. It was very difficult for me to explain the Gospel to my mother because she was born Catholic but converted to Islam when she married my father. She knew my debate but didn't understand what loving Jesus personally meant.
That's when I was blessed with my first Bible…I spent countless nights waiting for everyone to fall asleep to read it under my covers with a flashlight shaking in fear of getting caught reading Genesis.
A Jewish woman recommended I read Psalm 27…my eyes fell on verse 10 “If my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me in.” That's when I knew I had to flee everything I knew so I could openly embrace this God of love.
Many sleepless nights, secret e-mails, numerous days skipping class, and prayer God blessed me with brothers and sisters in Christ that eventually helped me leave my household. On April 17th, 2009, I left a life of bondage and began my new eternal life with Jesus Christ!
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