…Heidi Sabena writes from Uganda. “Muslims teach their children from an early age to be very proud to be Muslims and to defend their faith. They tell us every day, “We are Muslims.” (I don’t remember walking around as a kid telling people, “I’m a Christian.”) They have lots of stories to share. We play games with them and read books.
“Naomi (our one-year-old daughter) has a lot of fun books that have pig characters or farm animal books with pigs. Well, pigs are absolutely filthy and unclean to a Muslim and you don’t even speak about them. So it has been horrifying to be reading stories with the children and come along in a book that talks about ‘three singing pigs say La La La.’ Try explaining to them it is cute that a family of pigs are going camping!
“We have also been reading stories to them from Naomi’s Jesus Storybook Bible where every story points us to Jesus. These stories have brought out a lot of great comments from the kids. Shazmeen told us that Jesus got run over in the road and that is how he died. Farid told us that Allah created Jesus and Jesus is not God. Roshan and Ryann tell us that Allah created God.
“Seven-year-old Salsa, dressed in normal westernized kids clothes and who was very sweet and fun to talk with at the beginning, has now become a bit cool towards us. She shows up every day wearing her Muslim head covering and carries her children’s Koran with her. We are not sure what has happened.
“The group of kids gathering at my house each day needs to be reached with the message of hope of Jesus Christ. It will only come through much prayer and the Lord opening their hearts to the message of salvation that Jesus offers.”
Photo of Heidi with her children’s ministry. Prince & Heidi Sabena are involved in discipleship in Kampala, Uganda.