The students in this class are refugees who fled their country in hopes of finding peace. In this town, the refugee population vastly outnumbers the local citizens, so this church is using the class to welcome the strangers in their land and to share God’s message of love.
“I knew there was a need for the refugees to learn Arabic because a lot of them haven’t had any education,” explains Aisha, one of the teachers. This is the first Bible-based Literacy class in the town.
Since the class has only been going about a month, Aisha, and the other teacher Rahima, haven't seen any dramatic changes from non-believer to believer among the students. However, they are getting to answer a lot of questions that spur deeper conversations.
God is Opening Doors
“The students keep on asking, why are you helping us?” says Aisha. “Why are you teaching us for free? And this opens many doors to share the Gospel.” Rahima adds, “They are good listeners and enjoy listening to the Bible stories in class.”
As rounds of laughter and clapping burst from the group, it’s easy to see that the students not only enjoy class but love their teachers. One lady says, “They are very loving, polite, and decent. We very well understand that they’re Christians, but we love them. As Muslims and Christians, we are still connected.”
God is at work in hearts of these women. Praise Him for how He is transforming lives in the Middle East!