Amala* visits the prisons every week to minister to the foreigners and the poor, who often end up there on trumped-up charges. This has proved to be a taxing yet fruitful ministry, where the prisoners can pray and worship together. While she pursues these ministries, she keeps her prayer journal in hand to write down specific prayer requests to spend any free moment in prayer.
Home as a Ministry
In recent months, however, she and her husband have begun a new ministry, taking three teenagers into their home. These include a Syrian boy and girl, both in the host country to attend school and a Palestinian orphan, coming into Amala’s home after several years on the streets.
“Having these three additional people who are [from] difficult backgrounds, that took sometimes quite a bit of energy, to be honest,” Amala said.
Each child brings with them a story of hardship. Moreover, their diverse backgrounds bring into sharp contrast the cultural differences on a daily basis, according to Amala. This caused quite an adjustment period for Amala and her family, as well as for the teenagers. Coming from their difficult pasts, “to them… what’s mine is yours, and of course you can lie to defend yourself. This is a lifestyle, and so to take somebody in, it’s 24/7,” Amala said. “This can sometimes be a bit challenging.”
However, despite the difficulties, Amala and her husband continue to trust and rely on God in order to love these teens, and God’s word never returns empty. The Palestinian teenager has turned to Christ during his time in Amala’s home. The others continue to learn more about Jesus Christ and what it looks like to follow him. These victories, along with the support of their local church, continue to encourage and strengthen her to pursue God’s calling on her life and her home.
“It’s a process you know but God is working in his life and he has come, in these months, I think we’ve seen him come a long way, and this is beautiful,” Amala said. “And there are answers to prayer, God does answer prayers. And then when you see an answer to prayer it’s just really beautiful.”
She continues to see the Lord’s faithfulness in her home and in her current ministries and asks for prayer that God would continue to provide salvation, healing and justice among the teenagers in her own home, as well as, the women in prisons and the Syrian refugee communities.
OM communications intern Jana Eller is a student studying journalism and missions and loves to see how God is moving among the nations. She is always up for spontaneous adventures and exploring new things.