Nardeen Adel first came to my attention, when she left me a comment on my “What is a Facebook Friend, Really, Part 2. blog. She wrote….So right and true. I agree with you. Facebook can be a means of blessing even to those who haven’t accepted Jesus Christ yet. That’s how the message was delivered to me.
God bless you, Nardeen Adel
Nardeen is a young lady in her late teens from Egypt. We have been in contact since she left the comment on my story, and she has a story to tell that shakes the very gates of Hell with the power of God’s wonderful saving Grace.One of the neatest things about her story to me is, as much as it is about her, it is about you. It is about the believers on Facebook. She came to the foot of the cross by the ministry of FB believers. She was from a Christian home, but lost. The Lord used Facebook and the ministry of FB to rescue her, and I do mean rescue. Every Tom, Mary, Paul, Jim, Sharon, whatever their names were that shared the Lord with her here on FB, saved her life.
This is her story below. We have written back and forth and I have written her story in first person as if she is speaking directly to you. These are her words as told to me in her testimony, it is powerful, and it is moving. It is a “Story of Grace”.
Hi I am Nadden Adel. To speak to you and to tell you my story really gives me joy. I am happy to tell you of the Lord’s hand in my life and how He is glorified, and now abides with me every day in my life. Yes Facebook really helped me. God used it as well as other things combined, all together to get me to this place. I am happy to share my story, to tell of the Glory of God and tell you and others how He touched me, reached out in love to me, and saved my life. I don’t know when all of it began. I am 18 years old from Egypt. I was born into a religious family and here in the society all around me, every one almost every single Christian around me that I knew was religious. I never really was touched by God, and never knew what it was like to be saved, or to feel the touch of the Lord. I had blinded eyes, and my family would try to get me to go to church, and get into a deeper relationship with Jesus. But I wasn’t interested at all.
I never seemed to understand it. I mocked and laughed at every single Christian I ever met. I never had any bonds, friendships, or any kind of social relations with any Christians. I didn’t see or understand any of this, or the impact it was having in my life until I was 14. That is when the struggle began. I was completely numb inside. I never understood, or paid any attention to what was going on in my life for those 14 years. It’s like God was sending me so many signs over those 14 years, but I never noticed Him, or them. I went to go to church regularly for most of my childhood. But I never had that seed of the Gospel planted inside of me. So religion was just some kind of a tradition to me, and it became a habit just to go to church, just so I could mock and make fun of every one. I would go because of the pressures my family put on me. But in the society I was born into, it is not unusual not to go to church at all.
There was a stage in my life, I guess I was about 12 when it all began. I was hanging around with these friends at school, and they had a huge negative impact and effect on me. All of them were Muslims and piece by piece they pulled me farther and farther away from my family, and the faith of my family. I felt all alone at this stage of my life and I was looking for affection, and needed to feel a sense of belonging. So I found solace in my friends, and started learning everything from them. As a result, my morals changed 180 degrees and I begin to have distorted and strained relations with my family. I totally lost the relationship I had with my family, and any communication and touch with my brother whom I didn’t literary talk to for more than 7 months. The situation was getting worse and worse, tightening like a rope around my neck, so I just threw myself into my unhealthy cycle of friends.
They affected my view of God so much that I didn’t go to church anymore. It was at this point I had a great interest that I thought filled a huge spot, and that was music, actually metal music. That music, to some extent at first affected me negatively, making me get to know even worst friends than I had in the first place. I started going to concerts with these new friends, I would sneak out of the house, and exposing myself to real dangers, that I was too young to understand at the time.I don’t even know how I am still alive, if not for God’s care, looking over me even when I didn’t even care for myself. But when things were getting worse, God reached out to me. There was this band. It was a band that I found playing on TV, I felt something different inside as I listened to their music, but I didn’t know what it was at the time. So I Googled them online; their name was Flyleaf. They were a Christian metal band. I know now, that it was not a coincidence that God led me to actually hear this band. I expected them to be so different as they were a Christian band so I was like whatever, I knew I would not like them. But I was completely surprised. As they sang, I felt an amazing pure touch go through me the first time I heard them. It was so miraculous as I had never felt that feeling before. I started seeing hope again. But it still felt like I was missing something inside of me and after a while I lost this excitement.
I had the opportunity to hear the lead singer of the band talking about her testimony. It was for me the first time for me to ever to hear about some one’s testimony, I was really shocked because she talked about exactly the same things I had gone through. About her fight with family, bad friends, drugs about everything. It was just like she was speaking just to me. Then she began talking about God interacting with everything in her life. Something spoke to me. As my brother were estranged and fighting, and I was losing my family and every single person I knew around me, something had to change. Bad friends, bad choices, I sliding over the edge, but God spoke to me in my heart through the ministry of Flyleaf, so I decided to go to church. What happened next with me is that God reached down and touched me…deliberately, intentionally and definitely.
The first time I went back to church, I met that friend, and I felt like she was of God. There was just this divine thing that attached me to her. I saw God through her eyes, and I began to how everything was like with God in a person’s life. I joined the church choir, and through Facebook, I started seeing so many great things that God was doing in the lives of my friends in the choir and in the lives of believers on Facebook. I had never really interacted with Christians before, on Facebook the people didn’t act retarded. They weren’t close-minded. They had gone thru everything I had. They were loving, sharing, and caring and yet they didn’t know that I didn’t know God, but they loved me just the same.
I was just trying to fit in and not to show any signs of not knowing Him, but little by little through fellowship on Facebook, I was given these great bonds of love as I met so many great friends. The friends I interacted with on Facebook, they opened my eyes to so many things, and I knew that there was a hope for me. That hope I learned from them was Jesus Christ. But again, young in my faith, I kept my faith attached to them, not to the source from whom they got their hope and faith.
It was at this time that my life went into a tailspin. After joining the choir, I got into this relationship without my parents knowing, and I exposed myself to dangers without even caring. I sneaked out and went out on this date, very far away from home. It was only by the grace of God, that I reached home safely, it was miracle. I had exposed myself to real dangers, especially seeing that this man who I went out with was much older than me!! But I didn’t care , I felt like I needed affection and I decided I’d get it by any means I could. I was looking for love, but all I ended up receiving was total abandonment. I was hurt, and broken by this man who I went out with. I was far beyond being broken-hearted and disappointed, I had lost all hope.I felt like I have lost the purity within, I had lost everything, family, friends, I even lost myself. At this time I was SO CLOSE to committing suicide. I had made up my mind what I was going to do, and that was to kill myself. I opened my Facebook as I struggled through my emotions; I had songs of Christian groups and music shared through my friends on Facebook. Music always has had a great effect on me. It was through Facebook, that I had met all these friends and they had helped me in my many times of need. What I had learned of God was through them, and through their relationships with me on Facebook. I have learned so many things about God through them.
As I was doing this on Facebook, suddenly something changed inside me. On the same day that I was down and broken-hearted and having extreme thoughts of suicide, God opened my eyes and I saw this book in front of me. It was not by coincidence, that it was there. I don’t know what it is called in English:) there was Al Agbya”(Author’s Note..A Christian book of prayers, mainly from Psalms) on my desk. I felt like I needed to pray and, I don’t know what encouraged me, but I suddenly rose to my feet. I was holding the Agbya and starting praying, it had been so long since I last prayed. Like a flood, tears and tears came out just like rain, and I was crying uncontrollably. And I tell you, at that moment, He touched me. I felt His touch, and suddenly this great comfort from God flooded my being. I had made up my mind that this was the day that I would die, and as I was going to kill myself at that very moment, something happened to me, suddenly I felt hope again. God touched my heart and soul deep inside of me in a place I did not know existed. I prayed and prayed, and as I was talking to God, minutes and minutes went by. And as I prayed, He changed my heart and He changed the way I saw myself as I looked deep inside myself, through the eyes of a loving God. It was a miracle from God, the suicidal thoughts suddenly DISAPPEARED. He removed them. I was at peace and I was at rest.
I woke up the next day went to church just to meet with friends, but as the minister was teaching from the Bible, from the Book of James…and suddenly it was God speaking directly to me, I was shocked, but God’s voice was too clear to deny.
I went home and saw how everything worked together for my own good. And as time passed, little by little, piece by piece, and bit by bit, God healed me inside. I started having hope and faith in him and seeing how religion is supposed to be, not in customs and traditions, but in a real close personal relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I’ve gotten to know him better and better, and He’s the one who kept me, held me, healed me and saved me from myself. He vanquished all the emptiness inside of me that had resulted from depending on people emotionally. And as I have surrendered and turned everything over to Him, I depend on only Him in this relationship. It didn’t happen by coincidence that I had joined the choir; it was not by coincidence that I met my first friend at church. And it was not a coincidence to join this choir and sing about God through the hymns. I joined because of the need of socializing, but God changed all of this, little by little, small steps at a time, and led me to him through this group of friends. First through Flyleaf, then through Facebook, where everything changed as I had fellowship and shared with Christians for the very first time. I now realize why I always felt like I was thirsty, until I drank of the living water, now I know I will never thirst again.
Seriously, without Flyleaf planting a seed, my Facebook friends reaching out in Christ and then God reaching down and touching me, and rescuing me at my darkest hour I wouldn’t be alive today. Blessed is our God and Our Lord , Savior and Redeemer In Christ Nardeen Adel.
You can go to my friends list and add Nardeen Ardel as a FB friend or do a search under her name..She will be a blessing to your life.
I end this story with an excerpt from the original story that connected Nardeen and I in the first place, What is a Facebook Friend, Really? Part 2. I used the following words to end that story, as I will use them again today……….
We can use Facebook tremendously, as a unique and POWERFUL arm of the body of Christ. We can to use this website not only as an opportunity to make friends and connect and fellowship but as a weapon against the enemy. And as we love one another, we can seize this tremendous opportunity to use Facebook as a salve to heal wounds, as a life-preserver to one who is drowning and as loving arms to someone who is lost or hurting. I will try, because that person might end up being me, or that person might end up being you. We need to personally connect, know and love one another, so that if, or when something should happen to one of us…..We can honestly say….”I am here really here for you, my Facebook friend”.
Job 16:20 My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God.