I Hated My Father
Nearly every night Mahmoud’s father would get drunk. Often, he would hit Mahmoud’s mother, sometimes hitting her until she collapsed on the floor. Mahmoud’s father’s was an angry and bitter man. All of his family and many of his friends had been killed by Islamic extremists, and he had been forced to flee his homeland and move to an impoverished area of a neighboring country.
Mahmoud hated his father and longed to escape the violence and anger of his home. One day one of his friends at school invited him to a youth program at a local church. Anything was better than going home, so Mahmoud agreed to go with his friend. It was at this small gathering of young people that Mahmoud first heard about Jesus. He was captivated by the stories in the Bible that described a way of life so different to the one he knew. He soon realized that all the things he longed for were offered by Jesus—unconditional love, forgiveness, peace and purpose. He decided to become a follower of Jesus. (read more)
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