We sat astonished at this story. The only response was to rise from our comfortable couches and drop to our knees in prayer. We prayed for Youssef that night, and many nights after. The last we heard, he was still alive.
I am a bit ashamed to admit I was surprised at how well she spoke English, how much she likes John Grisham novels, and how frustrated she is with juggling her children’s extracurricular activities. I was surprised at how normal she was.
I looked down at my text messages. “My friend Kim started a relationship with a Muslim man. She is a ‘strong Christian’ and I have serious concerns. She will be calling you.” Then another text. “Hi. I’m Kim. Can we talk?”