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TWR Country Focus: USA

A coordinator with Project Hannah, TWR’s global women’s ministry, passed along the moving story of Ayaan, who was born to Somali Christian parents living in Ethiopia but adopted by another Somali family. The adoptive parents raised her in a different faith.

Ayaan (not her real name) married a man in Ethiopia and emigrated to the United States. The couple had two children but eventually divorced because her in-laws never accepted her. She became depressed and thought several times about killing herself after finding no solace in the religion she had been brought up to follow.

Ethiopian acquaintances put her in touch with the Project Hannah coordinator, who shared her testimony and told Ayaan about Jesus and his love for this brokenhearted woman living far from her native land. Other local believers gave her a Bible, and Ayaan came to accept Christ and attend church.

Her life changed dramatically. She is filled with joy and talks frequently of Christ. Eager for her children to share this new life, she regularly reads the Bible to them. Now the good news is reaching into other lives in a completely unplanned way.   

"My former husband and his family are not believers,” Ayaan said. “When it was their turn to have the children, the children refused to sleep unless the Bible was read to them. Their father had to buy a Bible and read to them every night that they are staying with him."

Did You Know?

Although numbers vary widely, some reports put the number of people of Somali ancestry living in the United States at about 85,000, roughly a third of them concentrated in Minnesota. The population is overwhelmingly Muslim.