The Secret Faith of an Unloved Wife
When Gökçe* married at eighteen, she and her husband came into the relationship with many dreams – but marriage isn’t what they thought it would be. They don’t love each other anymore. Part of Gökçe is just tired of feeling unappreciated, yet she stays anyway. Somewhere deep inside, she must believe that things can be different. She writes to SAT-7:
I came across you by chance. The topic of the program was about loyalty, telling how gracious and loyal God is. My mother and father were divorced when I was young, and my mother raised me. [My father] was very repressive and controlling, so I lived my life without a father and was in a constant battle with my mother. She never allowed me to do anything.
“I never saw my father, and I wanted to get away from my mother as soon as possible. That’s why I got married – to escape from home at the age of eighteen. I regret that because my husband is constantly tormenting me, and we do not even love each other. I’m a Christian, but I can’t tell him or anyone else.
“As I watched your show today, the loyalty of God and His grace that is present in any situation has relieved my heart very much, and I want to thank you for that. Bless you.”
Gökçe was watching the SAT-7 TÜRK show The Power of Prayer (pictured above), a popular series that teaches viewers to pray and seek God’s will. As she was watching, she felt God speak directly into her heart. Through your support, you’ve lightened her burden and given her new peace.
Neglected Stepchild Finds Value
Yalin had a tough upbringing. He shares that, through watching SAT-7, he has finally learned to see himself through God’s eyes and find his true value in Him. Yalin says:
Hello. I was watching your channel and you were talking about the value God gave to us. I lost my mother at a young age and my father married a woman with a child. This person always excluded me and was only interested in her own child. I used to tell my father about this situation but he did nothing in fear that his relationship would go sour.
“I’ve always felt guilty at home like I was worth nothing because of the way I was treated by my siblings, my stepmother and my father. But the topic you were talking about today has very much touched my heart and I can’t thank you enough. I am tired of seeing myself through people’s eyes. Now I know that God loves me.”
Pray for Gökçe and Yalin, that they would continue to grow closer to God despite their difficult family situations. Pray for others like them in Turkey, many of whom will be keeping their faith a secret from their families, that they would receive the strength and encouragement they need.
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*Names changed for security.