Merve Meets Jesus in America
Merve* was taught since childhood that the Bible has been changed, that Jesus is not God’s Son and that Christianity is not the true religion. She never questioned Islam and never looked deeper into Christianity. Why would she? She was taught that it was a lie. She believed she was accomplishing what God required of her as long as she kept the rituals.
But Merve began to doubt the beliefs she always assumed when she saw the genuineness of Elizabeth’s life in America.
Merve’s family talked about their trips to the mosque and their Ramadan fasting, but they never talked about God’s love or their relationship with Him like Elizabeth’s family did. Merve felt completely alone despite being surrounded by friends, yet Elizabeth prayed like God was with her every day and everywhere. Elizabeth prayed for a parking spot at the grocery store while Merve made decisions without ever asking God’s guidance.
“Christianity is for Europe and America, not for us,” Merve thought. “Turkish people believe in Islam. If Christ is the only way, then why was I born in Istanbul?”
Eventually the Holy Spirit led Merve to believe that Jesus is truly the Son of God, no matter where she was born.
God desires the nations to know Him and He is bringing people from every nation to His Kingdom. Although they may have been born in a Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist society, they have the opportunity to hear about Christ in the U.S. — an opportunity that many, like Merve, have never had. The short time they spend in America may be their first and only chance to experience the one true God.
*Names have been changed and identities concealed on this site. While the country of Turkey provides freedom of religion, Christians often still face persecution from friends, family and employers.