mar 03 2018
Sunny and Salma met during orientation for first-year students at a university in the Middle East.
Sunny, who is from Asia, is a Waldensian student — a young Seventh-day Adventist living, studying, and serving at a secular university in the Adventist Church’s Middle East and North Africa Union.
Salma is a local student who grew up in a non-Christian family.
The two young women instantly became friends. They shared the same major and lived in the same city neighborhood.
“We were glad to have a friend to ride with on the bus everyday,” Sunny said.
Salma soon learned that her new friend was an Adventist Christian. She had been taught to be wary of Christians, but Sunny seemed so kind and honest.
Praying on Friday Night
As their friendship grew, Salma accepted an invitation to attend a Friday evening meeting in Sunny’s home.
Salma met other young Adventists at the meeting, and she liked the friendly conversation. Soon she began to enjoy singing hymns and praying with the group every Friday evening.
“I would have gone even if the group had met on another day of the week,” Salma said. “I didn’t want to miss any of their activities.”
Near the end of the first year at the university, Sunny invited Salma to visit an Adventist church where 95 percent of the members are foreign students.
Salma faced harsh criticism from family and friends for going to church.
“What did you do there?” one said.
“Does this mean you have become a Christian?” asked another.
Family members warned that they all would be cursed if she became a Christian.