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Finding Christ in Malaysia

For Nisa, a mother of seven, life after becoming a Christian meant persecution for her faith and extreme poverty.

Nisa, a tenacious woman, didn’t want anything to do with Christianity until someone prayed for her and she was completely transformed.

Born into a Muslim family, Nisa moved from the Philippines to Malaysia to live and work. While she was there, she met and married a Christian man. She was reluctant to do so because of their religious differences but eventually agreed to his proposal.

Once they were married, she met his extended Christian family including his brother, a dedicated pastor who would share the Gospel with her.

She wasn’t interested at first but slowly opened up and said to him, “I will observe what you do, how you worship and pray and I will make up my own mind.” The pastor agreed but then decided to pray for her on the spot.

“Once he laid hands on me and prayed, I felt cold as ice and like something changed my heart and I just broke down and wept and wept,” she recalls.

He then led her in the sinner’s prayer and gave her the advice to follow God and pray whenever she could.

“I decided from that day forward to commit my life to God,” she says.

Soon after, she began to have many dreams where Jesus would appear to her and say, “I am the way.”

“My salvation really came through those dreams as I could not read or write,” she says.

In due time, she shared the Gospel with her family and both her father and eventually her mother accepted Christ.

Unfortunately, after the news spread of her conversion, many of her family members became hostile towards her, including her brother who would threaten her constantly until the day he died.
Her aunties told her she would never be able to come home or see her family if she continued to follow Christ but she stood firm saying, “Jesus is the way, no matter what happens, I’ll stick with Him.”

She has not seen or heard from her family and since this time has had to keep her faith quite hidden.

Sadly, she also separated from her husband and was forced to raise her children alone and without much work.

Their situation was so severe that sometimes she would salvage rotten food from the rubbish dump to cook for her children.

While four of her children are still dependent on her, three of them now have work and can help provide for the family’s needs.

One of her daughters, Ana, attends a Muslim-majority school and is not allowed to talk about her faith. A Bible study group was started but the government soon banned this initiative.

Ana and her mother pray that their family will be able to worship Christ freely one day.

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