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What comes first?

Khalid is a believer from Ethiopia who was excluded from his family because he chose to follow Jesus.

“They told me that I defiled the culture. In fact, they said that I betrayed them and their faith. They forced me to leave the house. They refused to give me food and shelter. They even threatened to kill me.”

But, thanks to support from local Christians, and help from Open Doors through a local church, Khalid has been able to start a new business and completely change his life. Watch the video below to see how things have turned out for Khalid.


  • Imagine what it would be like choosing between Jesus and your family, culture and even your security?
  • Look up Luke 14:25. Can you see how this passage relates to Khalid’ story?
  • How do you feel about that passage – does Jesus really mean you should hate your family, or is he saying that following Him means putting everything else in second place? What do you think?
  • Khalid’s life changed because other Christians showed him God’s love and became friends with him. How can you be a good friend and shine God’s love to those around you? Is there anyone in your life that might need a friend now? What could you do to show you care?


  • Thank God for Khalid’s brave faith, and that he chose Jesus despite rejection, insecurity and threats.
  • Thank God that Khalid’s life has changed – pray that his business continues to be successful.
  • Pray for Khalid’s wider family. Ask that they’d also come to know Jesus.
  • Pray that you’d be brave in your faith like Khalid and able to put Jesus first. Pray you’d be a good friend, shining God’s love to those you know.

We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.