Samira hasn’t seen much of the world. She is a village woman—someone whom others would look at and say, “She’s not educated; she doesn’t really know anything.” Most of her life has been spent in a small Muslim village. She hasn’t really seen anything in the world.
And yet, God has given Samira the eyes to see Jesus.
I first met Samira at a wedding. Going to so many weddings, funerals, and baby-naming ceremonies often felt like a waste of time to me. It seemed so unproductive—just sitting there with the women—especially when I knew so little of their local language. But being a part of this remote African community meant attending lots of ceremonies.
Seeing me standing by myself at this wedding, Samira came up to me and asked me many questions.
“Wait, I don’t understand,” I said to her, “Slow down.”
One of my friends who knew her came up and helped translate into a trade language that I knew better.
Samira was really curious about a lot of things. As my skills in the local language grew, I was able to start communicating more about Jesus. Eventually, I could tell her stories from the Old Testament, and she seemed to receive those well.
Whenever Samira saw my husband and me stop and pray for people, she was astounded by our compassion. When she asked me why we were so kind, I told her, “It’s because of Jesus. He’s the one who has taught us to show mercy to all.”
One time, Samira responded, “Can only certain people follow Jesus?”
“No!” I said. “No, Jesus is for everybody! Everyone can pray in Jesus’ name.”
When we finally received finished recordings of Luke and Acts in Samira’s language, I offered them to her on a solar-powered audio player.
A week later, Samira came back and said, “This is really good news! Jesus is wonderful!” She kept on saying it in different ways. “Jesus is so big, He is so great! This is so good, I listened to this all week long!”
She had listened to Luke and Acts four or five times, all in one week. She even had every woman and child who came into her house sit down and listen with her.
Since then, we have journeyed together, going to villages to share about Jesus. Samira will simply say to me, “Hey, we need to go to this village and talk with them because they haven’t heard about Jesus yet. Let’s go!” It is incredible to see how God has given her a heart for Jesus and eyes to see Him.