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“We died before we came here” is a memoir written by Emily Foreman. The setting is an undisclosed North African city, directly after the twin towers attacks. The purpose of their journey – to share their Christian faith with Muslims. Emily and her husband Stephen left their home in America with their young family to make new friendships and build a new life in a Muslim world.

I will not give away any spoilers here. I also recommend that you buy this book and read it – don’t read the back first. Here is a glimpse into this true story, which probably says more about the book than I ever could.

“Are we transferring fear to our new brothers and sisters by valuing security above the gospel and living a lifestyle of safety first? Nowhere in the message of Jesus Christ does fear have a place. Wouldn’t we be contaminating the message of Christ if we allow our own fear to dictate our level of obedience to God? It seems to me that we can’t encourage boldness unless we first exemplify it ourselves.” Emily Foreman

“When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying “You’ll lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among those savages.” To that Calvert replied, “We died before we came here.”

That’s my question for us again tonight. Are you dead yet? Dead to yourself, dead to your own desires, dead to fear? Are we alive in Christ? My desire is that when people see your life, when they see my life, they will see Christ, and Christ alone. Let us live our lives as if they weren’t our own lives. To truly be strangers in this world. To be aliens in this world. Our citizenship is in heaven.”  Stephen Foreman

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