Newly married with a one-year-old daughter, Habib* and Dounia* (names changed for security) recently converted to Christianity from Islam. When their conversion became known, Habib’s Muslim sister turned the community against them and they were forced by their family to move out of their home in May. The only support they have received came from the local church, but Habib cannot find a job and the family is suffering greatly under their impoverished circumstances. “I don’t know where food will come from each day,” Habib told ICC. “We trust God for our daily bread.”
In July, the family showed interest in starting a small business that manufactures artisanal bread and cakes. ICC thought this was a great idea! ICC paid a full year’s rent for a small shop in town where bread can easily be sold. Additionally, we purchased an oven, mixer, and other equipment and raw materials needed to get the business going. Within a few months, the business will be completely sustainable and provide the income the family needs.
“We are very excited about having our own business,” Dounia said. “We love our customers and see it as an opportunity to be an example of Christ in their lives. And, life will be much better for us now. Thank you ICC!”
ICC would like to thank our donors for contributing to the Middle East Hand of Hope fund that supported this family and many others in similar circumstances throughout the Middle East and North Africa. This project could not have been accomplished without your generous support and commitment to serving the persecuted Church.