BELIEVING WIVESIN MUSLIM ARAB HOUSEHOLDS
By Prisca Smythe
T is an American born-and-bred woman who met her Gulf Arabhusband while he was studying in the USA. Coming from adivorced home and with an abusive step-mother, T describes her desire to marry her husband as escape from her family. Althoughher father was a minister, she admits that she was far from theLord when she married. She feels that she was “always a Christi-an”, but came to understand the gospel fully about 5 years ago,about 8 years after marriage. At the time of signing the marriage papers in the Gulf country where they live, T mumbled the Sha-hada after the court judge, although she resented it. T’s husbandhas always known that she was a Christian, but has frequentlylashed out at her, accusing her of her faith. She had gone tochurch in the past, but gave it up when it created too much tensionin the household. They have two sons, aged 11 and 9, who are being educated in one of the best local schools, including dailyIslamic education. For several years, T took her sons to a nearbyAWANA (Christian) program. Her husband tolerated that theywere going out, but did not understand (and did not ask) where.She prays with the boys on the way to school, and reads Biblestories to them at bedtime, as these are times that her husband isnot present.B is a British woman who met her Gulf Arab husband while hewas studying in the UK. As a child, she suffered the loss of her
Prisca Smythe (not her real name) has served in the Middle East for five years.She is active in women's discipleship and raising teenagers.