Sophia had a Muslim father and a Catholic mother. She grew up in the industrial center of England. Before her parents were married, Sophia’s mother accepted a strict requirement from her fiancée. She agreed that their children would be raised in Islam. However, Sophia sensed that something was missing in her visits to the mosque. “There was a vacuum of God’s presence,” she says.
The Muslim Girl Visits a Church
One day a friend from high school invited Sophia to church. She went without telling her father. Sophia experienced something completely new. “I felt the Spirit of God for the first time,” she says. She left the church wanting to know more about Isa Al-Masih. When she visited her friend’s home, she saw a family that was very different from hers. “I saw grace, love and mercy lived out.”
Her Muslim Father Threatens to Throw Her Out of the House
Her father was furious when he heard that she had visited church. He said, “If you ever question Islam, you will be out on the street!” This confused Sophia.
Sophia Receives a Bible and Discovers God’s Love
Later someone gave her a Bible with First John heavily marked. “I was floored that the words ‘love’ and ‘God’ were in the same sentence,” she says. “Could this be a God who is relational and loves me?” She surrendered her life to Isa Al-Masih as her Savior. Sophia told the surprised people who were watching that she wanted to be baptized immediately!
Finally, Approval from God
For the first time, Sophia felt approval from her Heavenly Father. She was now an adopted daughter of the Creator of heaven and earth. She was part of a kingdom, part of a story bigger than herself.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (Injil, I John 3:1)
(This testimony is taken from “Joel News International”)
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