Faithful Unto Death
O to be found so faithful as to be found clothed in white, that the shame of thy nakedness be not found!
Hawa Ahmed was a Moslem student. One day, she read a Christian tract in her dormitory, and decided to become a Christian. Her father was an Islamic ruler, so she expected to lose her inheritance because of her conversion.
She was completely unprepared for what really happened: when she told her family that she had become a Christian and changed her name to Faith, her father exploded in rage. Her father and brothers stripped her naked and bound her to a chair fixed to a metal plate with which they wanted to electrocute her. Faith asked them to at least lay a Bible in her lap.
Her father responded "If you want to die together with your false religion, so be it." One of her brothers added "That will show that your religion is powerless."
Although they had bound her, she was able to touch a corner of the Bible. She felt a strange peace, as though someone were standing beside her. Her father and brothers pushed the plug into the socket - and nothing happened. They tried four times with various cables, but it was as though the electricity refused to flow.
Finally, her father, angry and frustrated, hit her and screamed "You are no longer my daughter." Then he threw his daughter out into the street, naked. She ran through the streets, humiliated and in pain. Shaking and tearful, she ran to a friend. People looked at her, curious rather than shocked. Her friend let her in, clothed her and gave her shelter.
The next day, her friend asked neighbours what they had thought when they had seen Faith running naked through the streets. "What are you talking about?" they asked. "The girl had a wonderful white dress on. We asked ourselves why someone so beautifully clothed had to run through the streets."
God had hidden her nakedness from their eyes, clothing her in a beautiful white dress. Today, Faith is a full-time evangelist.
Pastor Paul Ciniraj,
Salem Voice, Baseelia, Devalokam,
Kottayam, Kerala-686038, INDIA.
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