MAIZAH’S STORY: A CANDLE FOR THE PEOPLE OF LIBYA
Maizah* is a courageous Christian from Libya, whose search for God began when she was very young.
Throughout her teenage years she attended two mosques and studied the Quran. When the leaders of the mosque asked her to start covering her body more, she left the mosque and gave up on religion all together.
But God had not given up on Maizah. Years later, when she was alone in her room, she felt someone touch her feet. “The room had been dark, but all of a sudden there was a man shining like light,” she says. “He didn’t look unreal, but I felt I couldn’t touch him. He kept standing next to me. I felt happiness in my heart just because of his presence. ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life,’ he said. Then he was gone.”
Maizah and her family fled to Egypt, where she met a Christian woman who told her about Jesus and helped her to grow in her faith. “The woman blessed me and said, ‘You will be a candle for Libya; shine for the people of Libya.’”
Maizah returned to Libya and met with other Christians in secret. Eventually, she was discovered; she was beaten and threatened with an arranged marriage. Thankfully she managed to escape and now lives in a different country, where she still serves Jesus.
Watch a retelling of Maizah’s story in this beautiful animation.
- That in her new country Maizah will be able to connect with a church, recover from her traumatic experiences and continue to shine as an example to others
- For Christian women in the Middle East and North Africa who are persecuted for their faith and gender – pray that God will protect them and help them to flourish
- For God’s protection for the very few Christians who live in Libya – please pray that their faith would continue to grow despite the pressures they face.
*Name has been changed for security reasons