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"He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:2
We met Mina* back in February; she was a babysitter during our national conference. “Where are you from?” Tara asked. She replied, with a sweet but sad smile, that she was from *X place* (a Muslim country known for persecution.) Tara asked for more of her story.
Mina’s father believed in killing those who are not Muslim. The Lord allowed Mina to meet Christians who slowly and discreetly shared the gospel with her. She eventually put her faith in Christ and was secretly baptized. Mina was constantly fearful about being found out, especially by her family. She occasionally hinted about her faith to her siblings. Her younger brother, Basir*, bravely put his faith in Christ and was baptized secretly. The two of them prayed regularly together and studied the ten pages of scripture they owned.
Eventually they were found out, and after pleading with their family, enduring physical abuse and harassment, they were completely cut off and turned-in to the authorities. Their lives were in danger. Mina’s husband divorced her and quickly found a new wife. Mina prays for him and even his new wife. She praises God that he had the opportunity to hear the Gospel before their divorce.
Mina and Basir quickly fled to the south of France. Our dear friends and co-workers took Mina in. Some brothers in Christ hosted Basir. Neighbors asked why an American family would house a woman from X country. They replied, “Because she’s part of our family!”
Their court date for requesting asylum happened the same day the pandemic was officially declared. God’s timing! With their pastor, their lawyer, and the Spirit of God surrounding them, Mina and Basir entered the court. (The lawyer was funded by their congregation.) Basir and the pastor had to leave the room while Mina was being questioned. It could have taken 20 minutes. The judge questioned Mina for two hours. She shared her entire testimony, and the judge even asked her questions about scripture. Basir and the pastor prayed in the hall. Then Basir was questioned for one hour. The lawyer was all smiles when they left.
If France had denied asylum or if the X government had found them, they would have been taken back to their home country for imprisonment and possibly death. The pandemic delayed the court’s decision. While waiting, they grew in their faith and began covertly sending Bibles to X country. What faith and dedication!
Recently we received word that Mina and Basir received asylum! Her smile just about exploded off the screen. What a relief! What a great God we serve! While bravely spreading the message of Jesus, we pray inspiration and a ripple of revival around this brother/sister team. Thank you for joining faithfully in prayer. There are no limits on God.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel and Tessa