TESTIMONY: Syrian refugee finds true safety

When someone flees a war-torn country and becomes a refugee, their familiar way of life becomes a thing of the past. Shaken by conflict and grieving huge loss, most people long for stability and peace.

When one Syrian man’s world was shaken, he began to search for what was truly important.

Searching for truth

‘I want to be a Christian.’

Farouq* contacted Khalil*, a member of the Arab World Media team, through our evangelistic Arabic website. He told Khalil that he and his family had fled Syria.

He had since been impacted by browsing Christian material online and longed to become a follower of Jesus. But Farouq was fearful and had many questions for Khalil and the Media team. When Farouq invited Jesus to be his Lord, the decision was met with great joy by all those involved in his journey.

Forced to relocate

Sadly, when Farouq’s family discovered that he had chosen to follow Jesus Christ, some relatives followed him to the same city. Farouq felt trapped and rang Khalil again.

Khalil wasted no time in responding to this plea for urgent help. Through the kindness and resources of a local church, suitable accommodation, with rent already paid for, was arranged for Farouq’s family in another city.

Although necessary, being forced to relocate again was a stressful transition, especially for Farouq’s heavily-pregnant wife.

Seeing God's timely provision

Shortly after, Farouq’s wife safely gave birth to their daughter in hospital. But how could they afford the medical bill of $400?

Unexpectedly, a stranger overheard the conversation and reassured Farouq:

‘Meet me here tomorrow morning and I will give you the money.’

Farouq was astounded. He enquired:

‘Who are you?’ 

‘Don’t ask, just meet me here in the morning and I will give you the money.’

The next day, Farouq waited as instructed, but had reservations. Would the man turn up?

Sure enough, the man stayed true to his word. He arrived and paid the bill in full.

Naturally, Farouq wanted to know who the man was. But the generous stranger simply replied with this instruction:

‘Just go and take care of your wife.’

When Farouq invited Jesus to be his Lord, the decision was met with great joy by all those involved in his journey.

Sharing his good news story

Farouq continued to see the Lord’s hand on his life.

He and his family were taken to new accommodation and paid a wage to take care of a villa out in the mountains.

He has since used this venue to launch a weekly Bible study group with another believer and longs to see this ministry grow.

On a regular basis, he now testifies to others of how the Lord Jesus met him in the midst of conflict and despair, and brought him lasting peace and eternal security.

Farouq felt trapped and rang Khalil again. Khalil wasted no time in responding to this plea for urgent help.

*NB. Names have been changed and library images used for security.

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