Somali Christian Fatuma Nur Hussain gave up everything she had to follow Christ. She sacrificed her family, friends and education. Her family was a staunch Muslim and it was her mother responsibility to offer sacrifices by slaughtering goats. After her death, instead of taking on her mother’s responsibility, Fatuma enrolled in a university to study accounting and this is where she found a new life in Christ.
Fatuma kept her Christian faith a secret from her family, until a family friend warned her older sister about her new faith. Her sister took her home and locked her in a room for four months. Fatuma received food through a window and was not allowed to visit or talk to anyone.
With the hope that she will renounce her faith, her sister talked to her four months later. Fatuma found the chance to flee the room as her sister had opened it after four months. A group of Christian friends from the university collected money and purchased a plane ticket for her.
Fatuma traveled to an area where a group of Christians reside, despite the persecution they face. She stayed with another Christian, Sister Rebecca, who ministers to Muslim Background Believers. Initially, Sister Rebecca was skeptical of Fatuma’s faith, but quickly became convinced she was a true believer. Fatuma conceals her identity when she goes out, in order to hide from an uncle who is looking for her.
Fatuma says, “I read the Bible often. Psalm 23:6 is my favorite verse: ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”