Baptism of Algerian believer, the woman is in an Algerian church
“Women who convert to Jesus Christ face new challenges, which sometimes cost them dearly,” says Djamila, a Christian woman in Algeria. Converted more than twenty years ago, Djamila lived her early years after her conversion to Jesus under pressure from her Muslim parents. She only found full freedom to live out her beliefs after marrying a man who shares the same faith. She currently serves alongside him in a local church in Northern Algeria.
“Algerian women have always been under pressure. Women have the right to exist as long as they stay silent. They face rejection and humiliation by their families. Others are repudiated by their husbands because of their faith. They may even be deprived of their children in the case of divorce from their Muslim husband. The Algerian Family Code does not grant custody to the spouse who confesses a religion other than Islam. Other women are forced to wear the hijab (Islamic headscarf) otherwise they are not allowed to leave their home. Parents can force their Christian daughter to marry a Muslim, something that is contrary to the Word of God. When married, she suddenly finds herself in a situation of conflict and incompatibility, which sometimes ends in a divorce.
The church offers a positive environment to women where they can serve as pastors, deacons and elders. “Also young girls and students who have a heart to serve, despite the constraints and challenges they face, are involved. It would be good to encourage women, to offer training and to help them to root more in the Word of God. They should gain more experience and learn to embrace responsibilities. I believe women can turn into trainers for the future generations.”
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for sisters in Christ like Djamila who have suffered for the faith in silence and paid the price for following Jesus. May you grant them grace and strength, help them to grow in Your Word, to live out their faith, and to be good wives and mothers to their families. We pray that there will be more women who will answer Your call to spread the Good News in Algeria. Amen.
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