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Iman, a Christian refugee from Iraq, had a crisis of faith when she was driven away from her home by militants. With the help of the Church in Lebanon, her trust in Jesus was restored. SAT-7 ARABIC’s From East to West shares Iman’s dramatic story.

Born and raised in the Chaldean Christian community in Iraq, wife and mother Iman was a believer until an unexpected trauma shook her faith.

“It was a quiet afternoon. My husband, our children, and I had lunch and then went for a nap. I started hearing children crying and people screaming. I looked out of the window and saw a horrifying scene. Extremist groups had invaded our village.”

As the terrifying sight unfolded before their eyes, Iman and her husband soon realised they had no other choice but to run, lest they be captured and tortured. The family headed towards Erbil, where conditions became increasingly diffucult, so they decided to flee the country. Iman and her family became refugees in Lebanon.

A crisis of faith

Traumatised by this experience, Iman felt she had lost her faith. With tears in her eyes, she recalls thinking: “My spiritual foundation is gone! There is no higher power, Jesus or Heavenly Father! What did we do to deserve this? The world is a monstrous place and God doesn’t exist.”

However, when Iman and her family arrived in Lebanon, her spiritual struggle was transformed into a stronger belief in Jesus. A local church began to show Iman the love of God by providing her family with supplies and spiritual counselling. Iman began to attend the church regularly and witnessed the power of faith within the Lebanese Christian community. She says, “I realised that we are all bearing the Cross in different ways, just like Jesus did. It’s a humble reminder of the sacrifice He made for our salvation.”

The power of the Church

SAT-7 ARABIC strives to raise awareness of the struggles faced by Christians in the Middle East and North Africa through the documentary series From East to West.

The third season of the program particularly emphasises the impact of the Lebanese Christian community that has opened their doors to refugees and persecuted Christians.