“On Saturday, Mom called. One of our relatives committed suicide. So I returned to my small village to honor my family. My brothers and I were approached by local Muslim leaders about why we “betrayed Islam” and became followers of Christ. They pressured us to change our minds. Last year, I was forbidden to attend another relative’s funeral. Funerals are a good chance for Muslim leaders to preach anti-Christianity, scare people and isolate those who accept Jesus.
“Before the traditional Islamic goodbye ceremony, three leaders took me and my brothers aside again to ask us to deny Jesus. We said our decision was made to follow Jesus. Again, they asked us not to attend the funeral. We agreed, but I went to the grave site. About 500 men attended (only men can go). As usual, the Imam declared the Bible had been changed and the Koran was given by Allah as the only true holy book.
“Then he turned to my father and announced to everyone that his sons betrayed Islam and became followers of Jesus. My respected father is now shamed by us. I told my father I was sorry. I can imagine how his heart is broken. Later my father asked, ‘Is it true?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He then asked, ‘Is this more important than life?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ My father replied, ‘Then don’t come to my funeral when I die!’
“Please, pray for my father and those Muslim leaders with the prayer of blessing, I really want them to know Jesus.”