Naim spent his formative years witnessing things most of us will never see in our lifetime. By the time he was eight years old, he was a frontline witness to war. Now 14, he and his family are refugees living in the Middle East. His family found faith on this journey, leaving Islam to become believers in Christ. Naim was very resistant -- so resistant, he decided to leave his family. He explains, "I held a very strong stance against Christianity. I chose to leave my family because they left Islam and became Christians. They tried to preach the Gospel to me, but I wouldn't hear it."
He decided to make his own way, moving to a Muslim neighborhood. He says he had a dream about Jesus that made him curious. He explains, "I dreamed that Jesus was holding my hand, and telling me that He was the Truth, the Way, and the Life!" A few boys noticed the change in Naim and beat him very badly. Naim moved back with his family and began attending church regularly.
"I chose to leave my family because they left Islam and became Christians. They tried to preach the Gospel to me, but I wouldn't hear it."
Soon he started going to a Project Philip Bible study for teens. He says, "I will admit that the first session was a bit vague for me, but with the second sessions, things became clearer. I began to understand the Word of God. I learned to understand it. More than that, I learned to interpret the Scriptures and apply them to my life. This has been very beneficial to me."
Naim is grateful for every person who made it possible for him to attend a Project Philip Bible study. He is now helping others attending the lessons. "Last week, I was the one leading the Bible study group! I did as I was trained to do, to interpret the Scriptures and explain them to others," he says, beaming."