April 19, 2021
Hamtramck, a neighborhood within the city of Detroit, was once known for its kielbasa and paczkis thanks to Polish immigrants who came to work at the Dodge brothers’ auto plant.
Now, Hamtramck is increasingly known for its saltah, a hearty stew that is the national dish of Yemen.
Hamtramck is home to more than 20,000 Yemenis who fled their war-torn homeland, resettled in aged bungalows, started businesses in old storefronts, and transformed former Catholic schools into mosques.
Yemenis remain one of the world’s least-reached people groups, but the Lord is stirring hearts, as Yasmin can testify.
As a teenager, Yasmin was moved when she saw Campus Crusade’s Jesus film in Arabic. She was drawn to this kind, gentle, and peaceful man who welcomed children and honored women.
She asked her mother, father, and friends about this man, but all assured her that Jesus was only a prophet and nothing more.
Years later, now a mother with young children in Hamtramck, Yasmin heard a knock at her door. Two American men were outside, and one addressed her in Arabic.
They offered to pray for her and her family. No one had ever done so before. They also told her about Jesus. When they described how Jesus was holy and gentle and how he never mistreated women, but honored them, she felt her heart rise within her and remembered her questions about Jesus.
“This is what I’ve been waiting for,” Yasmin told the men. “Finally, Allah has sent me someone who could explain to me who Jesus is.”
She listened intently as they explained why Jesus suffered and died as the final sacrifice to cleanse us from sin.
“Now, Allah has answered my deepest yearnings to know and to learn who Jesus is,” she said.
Pray that the Lord raises up Christian women burdened to share truth with Yemeni women like Yasmine, who long to understand the truth.
- In the Parable of the Sower, the sower sows seed abundantly. Pray that local Detroit churches will equip their people to share the gospel with boldness and abundance.
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