(Open Doors USA) — “I will give you 15 days to decide to abandon your Christian faith. If you choose not to, you will no longer be considered my daughter and will no longer be part of the family.” The words of her father felt like the blow of a hammer to Nedjma* who had always had a good relationship with her father and the rest of her family.
“There will be no contact between us,” he continued. This man, deeply rooted in a radical version of Islam, couldn’t live with the choice his daughter had made. He said these harsh words after he discovered that she had converted to Jesus Christ years ago. Nedjma had already been a Christian for more than 10 years, but she was a secret believer in her family.
Because family ties are so important in the Middle East, she wanted to keep her relationship with her father. She always held a deep respect for him. A short while ago, her father came to visit. She lives with Rafik, her Christian husband. Nedjma’s father was also unaware of his son-in-law’s Christian faith.