These marriages are typically marked by anguish, and loss of personal freedoms, especially for women. Great emotional hurt and burdens are carried by the Christian family of the one who has converted. Most of these marriages don’t work. How to deal with all the pain, grief, and guilt is one question. How to come back to one’s Christian roots is another. Parents and grandparents long for resolution to the pain, and family reconciliation. The Unequally Yoked study booklet provides practical answers. The four chapters outline why young people convert (especially women), deceptive tactics used to draw Americans to Islam, real life stories of those who’ve converted but subsequently returned to Christian faith, and a section on apologetic answers geared at educating the Church at large. The Unequally Yoked study booklet is to be used as a companion for the video. The video tells the complete story of a Christian girl’s conversion to Islam and eventual return to Christ and her family. The Unequally Yoked video and study book is scheduled to be released in March, 2017. The book is based on many years of practical experience with hundreds of women and men who’ve dated, married, and become Muslim.
POBLO counselors are available to come alongside hurting families as a means of offering hope, healing, and reconciliation. Counseling may be done by phone, electronic media, or through in person visits. It may be that the Christian person is dating, engaged and planning the wedding, or is already married and going through hardships. POBLO offers counseling to parents who are experiencing their own grief. Counseling sessions offer truth, hope, and a plan for how help may be offered. Missionary Cynthia Khan comments about the state of Christian women who get themselves into such relationships; “Women and girls are naïve. As the relationships begin, they look through rose-colored glasses. Having been wined and dined, they can only see the romance, and they think the nice introduction they’ve had to Islam will just keep going as they continue to experience the exotic food and dress of a new and exciting culture. After marriage, things may very well be different, and they begin to see a different face of the religion. Sad surprises await: an overbearing husband and verbal and physical abuse. They also experience loss of mobility, and of freedom of speech and religion, all that Americans hold dear. Suddenly, young American women find themselves in a kind of prison, with seemingly no way to escape.”
In the U.S., 10,000 Americans convert to Islam every year. If you have your ears to the ground, you may personally know someone who’s been drawn away from Christ, think that the Trinity; and “Son of God” are not in the Bible, that the Bible itself has been changed, and that Islam is a good alternative to Christian faith. The Unequally Yoked video and study book have been designed to bring truth to the subject, years of experience, and the precise knowledge of what young Christian women and men are being told and what they are experiencing. If you or someone you know is going through something like this, please contact POBLO ministries to obtain the Unequally Yoked material, and to talk with POBLO staff to arrange a counseling session.