In Egypt, converting from Islam to Christianity is seen as a betrayal of your family and heritage.
In Muslim families, any member who leaves their Muslim beliefs and upbringing subjects themselves to tremendous pressure from their immediate and extended family to renounce Christ and return to Islam.
Some are locked up, others are isolated, tortured or even killed.
Recently, the Open Doors team in Egypt met with a new believer who shared his awe-inspiring testimony of how God used the conversion of his cousin to remove the scales from his own eyes.
Mostafa hoped the rumor was was true.
If it was, he knew he was obligated to protect the honor of his family. He knew he would have to kill the cousin he had grown up playing with on the desert lands of Upper Egypt. It was his family’s orders. It was why he had traveled so far from home to the capital city of Cairo.
The rumor was true.
Mostafa found his cousin in a church listening intently. Quietly, he slipped into the seat behind Mohammed and waited for the service to end.
But then he noticed something strange. The words he was hearing—the prayers, especially the worship—didn’t disgust him.
Instead, the lyrics of the songs touched him deeply.
MODERN-DAY PAUL: ‘I PLANNED TO KILL HIM; NOW I’M PREPARED TO DIE FOR JESUS’
Open Doors USA