I must admit that I have a fairly romanticised view of Missions. As a Christian, I dream about going off to a foreign, possibly exotic, land to bringI must admit that I have a fairly romanticised view of Missions. As a Christian, I dream about going off to a foreign, possibly exotic, land to bring the good news of Christ dying on the cross so that we can be forgiven of our sins. In my fantasy, I see the unsaved people of this faraway land, clamoring to learn more and falling to their knees to accept Christ as their personal savior so that they too can spend eternity learning more about and worshipping Him. Never in my mind do I have the issues of language barriers, cultural customs, and hostility towards the Christian faith. Sadly, this is exactly what Mia faces when she and her family move to Sudan to work on the "mission field."
Ms. Kelley does a phenomenal job of bringing first-hand experiences of the harsh realities a missionary faces in an Islamic-based society to her characters. The fact that this book is based on real-life events makes it even more so. The characters of Mia and Halimah bring the reader face to face with the reality of what life is like harboring an "infidel," and the overwhelming cost of becoming a Christian and leaving the Islamic faith in modern society.
While there were many things I learned about the Muslim culture in Sudan, the main thing that stood out to me is the bravery and character of Halimah as she became a Christian. Facing her family's wrath, relying on the kindness of strangers, hiding in fear of death, and still managing to reach and disciple others in Christianity, are all things she was able to accomplish. It really made me take a step back and realize how "cushy" my American life is and how tepid I am about sharing my faith.
If you've ever wondered what real-life is like as a missionary in an Islamic society, or even how one copes with the severe consequences of becoming a Christian in a Muslim culture, then you definitely want to pick up a copy of this book!
Let me know what you think! Happy Reading!
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