One of the hardest things about moving to a new place is making new friends. My wife and I discovered that a great place to start was at the local grocery store. There we have a captive audience…with food.
I struck up a conversation with the cashier. My obviously terrible French easily convinced her it was not my native tongue so she started practicing her English with me. Every time I went to the store, I made sure to have a conversation with Sayadar. Over time, she shared about her life with me, and I let her know I was praying for her. It never hurts to be known as a person of prayer in a Muslim context.
One day I noticed she wasn’t using her right arm so I asked her about it. She said she fell and it now caused her a lot of pain. I asked if I could pray for her. “Yes,” she replied. I said a simple prayer about healing through Jesus’ sacrifice and asked that God heal her in His name.
A month later, I visited the store and found Sayadar with her head bowed over the cash register. She didn’t greet me as I came in; she just waved a hand in my direction.
While checking out, I asked what was wrong. She had severe stomach pains and was worried. I knew she was six months pregnant but unrelated men and women don’t talk about those things. She agreed to let me pray for her again, and again I prayed a simple prayer for her healing in Jesus’ name.
The next time I stopped by, Sayadar was doing inventory. She waved for me to come over. She took me to the office where her boss (who was also her husband) was. She told him about my prayers for her and asked if he remembered when she hurt her arm. “Yes,” he responded. “He prayed for me and the next day I felt well,” she said. Then she asked, “Do you remember my stomach pains from last week?” He remembered. “He prayed for me and I immediately felt better,” she said snapping her fingers. I then shared that healing came in Jesus’ name because of His sacrifice and love for her.
The friendship between our families continues and we pray that Sayadar and her family will come to worship Jesus.