(Open Doors USA) — Mostafa hoped the rumor wasn’t true.
If it was, he knew he was obligated to protect his family’s honor. 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, he says.
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