Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Sudanese Christian Teen Abducted by Muslims Prays for Captors
(christiansunite.com) - A young Sudanese Christian teenager who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and physically attacked over the course of one year is praying that her former captors, a gang of Muslims who tried to force her to convert to Islam, find mercy.
After escaping last July, she says she is praying that Jesus reveals himself to her assailants, and "forgives them for what they did to me." Hiba Abdelfadil Anglo says she escaped from them with the help of God who did not want her to suffer any more (for more information, go to www.persecution.net/su-2011-08-11.htm). "I want to thank God who saved me from the hands of the abductors," said Hiba just two months after she escaped. "I also thank God for all believers all over the world for their prayers for me and my family. It was because of your prayers that my situation changed."
Hiba, who missed one year of school due to the abduction, is in school again, but her widowed mother lost her job after taking time to search for her daughter, so the financial burdens are a strain.
Please pray that Hiba's physical and emotional wounds will be healed and that she will succeed in her studies and grow in her faith. Please pray that her captors' knees will bend before Jesus, and that they will turn to the one true God in repentance. Pray that God will strengthen and embolden the Church in Sudan.
To post a prayer of solidarity with Hiba, please visit our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at www.persecution.net/prayerwall. To learn more about how Sudanese believers suffer for Christ's sake, go to www.persecution.net/sudan.htm.
What an example of faith and forgiveness!
In Matthew 5:44, Jesus tells us: "But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven." He goes on to say that even the pagans and tax collectors love those who love them.
There's nothing extraordinary about loving back those who love us. But it take strength and courage to set aside our justifiable anger towards people who have hurt us, like this young girl did, and love and pray for them. Where we must draw the line though, is in not putting ourselves in further danger from those who have shown themselves to be dangerous to us.
Father, please bring comfort to this young girl and help her to heal. I would pray that her captors will be brought to justice and find redemption. Help me to forgive others as You have forgiven me.