As Fulani herdsmen, Mohammed’s parents were strict Muslims and kicked him out when he started attending church. He spent the next six years living in a building without plaster, windows or a pillow to sleep on, until he finished school.
“Because I was Fulani, I didn’t know how to read or write until the day I started going to church. From there I sent myself to school to learn.”
At 18 years of age, extremely unwell with nowhere to go and no money, Mohammed tried to return home but was again rejected, even by his siblings.
“My brothers told me it would be better if I were dead than for them to be associated with an unbeliever,” he recalls.
He soon met a Christian man who occasionally helped him with food and money and was a constant source of encouragement for him.
“He would tell me, ‘Be strong, this season that you’re going through will pass and you will forget it.’”
The man told him about a Bible school, but without money, it would be impossible for him to attend.
Mohammed contacted the Bible school. They confirmed the need to pay tuition fees.
“I prayed and said, ‘God if you want me to go to this school, you will provide for me.’“
After that prayer, he received a phone call saying that his fees had been paid for and he began attending the school. He does not know who paid.
Mohammed soon realised he would struggle to gain acceptance even within Christian communities because of his Fulani background.
Even after completing Bible school, time and time again, Mohammed found himself with nowhere to go and no money.
“I wasn’t accepted by Christians or Muslims and if it wasn’t for the love I have for Jesus, I would never have stayed a Christian.”
At age 25, Mohammed only recently arrived at YWAM and knows this is where his new journey begins.
“In all these things I’ve gone through, I know that God has been training me,” he says.
“If I meet people that go through this, I will be able to listen to them, to hold them and be there for them.”
Mohammed has recently been in contact with his mother and she has started to speak to him again.
“Since then I prayed that God would not allow my mother to die until she knows Jesus.”
Despite the rejection he has lived with, and the emotional battles he is facing, Mohammed is standing strong in his faith.
“Everything you see about me is through Jesus, the gentleness, everything I have. Nothing can separate me from Christ, not even my own family. People have offered me everything – money, cars if I would come back to Islam. I said no, you cannot change me.”