We cannot help but emphasize the sad suffering in which some Christians live their lives in some countries of the world. It is precisely because of this suffering that a group of volunteers had the heart to start the Sinai Association.
Below, we want to tell you a small part of the testimony of a young man who, together with his family, experienced what it means to be persecuted because of his faith.
“It was the year 2004 and my family and I lived in an Islamic country. We were very well off economically and my father had a good job, but at a certain point our faith was put to the test.
The persecution began after the death of my grandfather, a man of integrity who loved the Lord.
My grandfather was a former Muslim, the only one in his family who converted to Christianity, and when he died his brothers came to our house. They wanted his body to be buried in the Muslim cemetery. My father resisted, and because of this he was beaten and threatened that if he did not give them my grandfather’s body, they would take revenge on our family.
At the time, the men left, but I knew very well that they would soon return. My father never gave my grandfather’s body into the hands of those men but this decision forced our family to flee for six years to places that we could not imagine. Sometimes we went to abandoned houses, sometimes to underground cellars that other brothers in Christ offered us at the risk of their own lives. Many times my family and I went for days without eating or drinking. We lived moments that we cannot forget, but which also help us to understand the people who today are going through similar situations.
I remember one time when a brother was transporting us from one place to another. Some Islamic extremists tried to stop us. They approached our car with motorcycles and shot at us, causing us to run off of the road into a ditch. It was a terrible experience. Our bodies and our hearts still bear the scars.
In 2010, by the grace of God, we arrived in Italy. It barely seemed real, but our lives were no longer in danger and everything was returning to normal. My brother, my sister and I started going to school again, my father found a job, and soon God provided us a home, a car, and everything necessary to live our lives once again.
But we were not satisfied in this comfort. We felt that we needed to do something for our persecuted brothers and sisters and people in need. We began to pray insistently and soon God showed us the way in the field of missions. We can testify that, since that time, God has continued to open many doors and has shown us how many new projects could be started.