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My name is Hazam. Although I am a refugee living here with my family, I study hard and am currently attending a university.
My time here had been rather painful because people discriminated against and even despised us because we are refugees. However, this semester, my Christian classmate, named Paraha, became my friend. Now I have a happy college life.
I was a Muslim, and once I carefully read the Quran to find out if the god I believe is real. The more I read, the more I was convinced that he is not.
Then, Paraha started to tell me about Jesus from time to time. I wanted to know more. He let me borrow his Bible, and I began to read it. A few days ago, he told me what ‘sin’ was.
At first, I could not agree that even thinking a sinful thought is a sin and that I am a sinner, but the more I read the Word, I realized that I am a big sinner.
So, I asked Paraha, “Now, what should I do?”. Paraha showed me the scripture that says only by believing in Jesus I will not perish but have eternal life, and I accepted Jesus.
I attend a church with Paraha and am learning the book of John. I have been so blessed reading chapter 1. I confessed that the Lord was with God in the beginning, He is the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. I was so thankful and thrilled that in the Lord was life, and the Lord came as the light of life shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
I once had been pessimistic about life as a refugee but now I am filled with joy. It is not important that I am a refugee and my surrounding hardship is not important. I want to share this eternal joy with everyone I meet.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Praise the Lord for His endless love, for his grace of salvation, and for reconciling us holy and blameless!
Although refugees in Turkey go through discrimination and hardship, thank you that You saved Hazam and blessed him to live as a citizen of heaven.
Our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Please bless Hazam to overcome the world by your Word and with spiritual discernment!
Please use Hazam to bring back the lost young people, who may be depressed about their lives as refugees, to You with joy and thanksgiving!