Hello. I’m Gilan. I’m Kurdish, and I’m from Turkey.
I was born and raised in a Muslim household. My father would beat and abuse my mother a lot. My parents ended up getting a divorce. As I went through all of this, I concluded that Islam and the Quran, our holy book, are all lies. How could the true God really teach men to beat their wives? But the Quran teaches that, and I could not accept it.
I lived every single day in disbelief and pain from the past. Then, one day, I made a friend who is a Christian. This friend really cared for me. I struggled with emptiness and loneliness, but as I continued to talk with her, I kept going to church gatherings with her.
I was surprised to find myself feeling peace every time I went to worship with the people of Christ. Every time I read the Bible, an even greater peace came upon me. The thoughts inside me began to change a little by little too.
I still don’t know what the right path is, but I really want to know if Jesus is the truth. Please pray that if all my pain can be resolved by the cross of Jesus, that I could really give him my burdens and receive the peace of God!
Let me dwell in your tent forever!
Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah
May he be enthroned forever before God;
appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!
So will I ever sing praises to your name,
as I perform my vows day after day.
(Psalm 61:4,7-8, ESV)
We praise the name of the Lord, who has shown the path of life to Sister Gilan after she grew up with the pain and trauma that Islam put her through.
Though her life was full of pain and loneliness, she experienced the peace of God through meeting the body of Christ! She has even begun to consider that Jesus may be the truth. Lord, we declare this is all in your will. We believe that you will continue to guide her in your faithfulness.
May Sister Gilan be free from all the pains and scars of her past. Let her take hold of the eternal life that is in Jesus Christ. May she dwell in your tent and praise your name forever.
May the grace and blessing of meeting Jesus that has come upon Sister Gilan also flow to all the Kurdish people! Let the Kurds’ long history of pain and loneliness now turn into a new history of worship and rejoicing day after day because the Lord has saved them!
When the Kurds find their refuge in the Lord Jesus, all of their pain will be washed away by his blood. Through the Kurds, may all nations come to bow before the cross of Jesus Christ! Lord, you are the eternal God of this people. Would you be their tent forever. May your name alone be glorified everywhere the Kurdish people step foot! Amen!