A Christian convert who ran away from her Muslim family in Ohio says she doesn’t “live in fear because every day belongs to God.” Rifqa Bary spoke to Christian Today about her journey from Islam and her new book, Hiding in the Light: Why I risked everything to leave Islam and follow Christ.
Bary was born a Muslim in Sri Lanka but moved to the US in 2000. She said her father and brother beat her when they found out she had converted to Christianity aged 12 (keeping her faith hidden for four years). “I remember weeping and I had this experience where I felt as if God was breathing in my brokenness, and I was breathing in his grace, mercy and love,” she said. “That was the day that everything changed, where I felt the unconditional love of the Father.”
Eventually, as a teenager, she ran away to Florida, and then spent time in juvenile detention and foster homes as she fought a legal battle with her family to stay away from them. “I look back and I realize I was really traumatized by what had happened and I needed time to heal,” she said. “There was a lot of information that was construed in some way… people misunderstood some aspects, and so I really wanted to talk. My book has been my voice in expressing what happened behind closed doors.”
Source: Christian Headlines
Bible Study: Luke 21:16-19
PRAISE God that Christ revealed Himself to this young lady and strengthened her to face trials rather than deny her faith. Pray her book may bless many.