August 8, 2021

“Mama Amina” Gives All for Jesus

A Somalian woman believer survives a massacre, journeys toward community in Christ, and becomes “mama” to all.

Jesus revealed himself to Amina in three consecutive dreams, with the same invitation: “Follow me.” She began searching for a church—but could find none in her native Somalia. So she walked a long way to the Ethiopian border, where she saw a cross between the trees. It was a church! She went in and told the pastor she wanted to become a Christian. Astonished that she would leave her Muslim faith, the pastor gathered his church members to celebrate and invite her into their fellowship. Her husband also felt Jesus’ call and surrendered his life to Him.

When the couple and their children returned to Somalia, the husband’s family came to their home one night and massacred the whole family for forsaking their faith. But Amina somehow survived, spending the next 19 months on life support.

Amina then moved to Burundi where she spent the next 12 years. When she was resettled in Clarkston, Georgia, she was introduced to Envision Atlanta workers. They welcomed her into the community, helped her get established, and taught her more about Jesus and His great love for her.

Your prayers and generous giving have extended the love and care of Jesus to people like Amina throughout the world this past year. THANK YOU!

“They call me Mama Amina because I’m a mother to everyone in Clarkston,” Amina explains. “Since I no longer have my own children, I have to fight for other kids who are struggling. Anytime they need me, I’m ready.”

U.S. Envision sites serve unreached and underserved populations among . . .

  • Those living in physical and spiritual poverty in inner-city Miami
  • 90 people groups in Atlanta
  • 40 spoken languages in Chicago
  • Hundreds of refugee families from Somalia, Iraq, Bhutan, and Burma in Cleveland
  • The 35 percent who live below the poverty line in Los Angeles
  • 200,000 West African immigrants in New York City
  • 77,000 Somali refugees in the Twin Cities
  • The spiritually resistant in the most ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse neighborhoods in Providence

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