Victor, a former SAT-7 employee, testifies to God’s presence during the loss of his wife and children, and raising his surviving son.
Flipping through a family photo album, Victor introduces the audience to his wife, Randa from Jordan, and son Youssef, now 11 years old. Victor and Randa first met at a church conference in 2003 and became fast friends. They prayed and sought God’s will before deciding to get married. Their first son, Youssef, was a gift from God and they praised Him for His goodness. A few years later, Randa was expecting again.
Youssef says, “We were surprised to find out we were expecting twins. The days and months passed, and she worked and I worked, and I served and she served. Then it was the ninth month of the pregnancy.” Randa’s mother traveled from Jordan to help Victor and Randa in Egypt. The due date was January 4, 2012.
On the eve of January 1, after family had visited for the New Year celebrations, Victor and Randa sat together talking for a few minutes before going to sleep. After a few hours sleeping, Randa’s mother woke Victor to tell him something was wrong with Randa, who was having trouble breathing. Over the course of the next few hours, despite the best efforts of Victor and medical personnel, Randa and her twins passed away.
THE GOD OF WIDOWS AND ORPHANS
It didn’t feel real to Victor. He felt as if he were dreaming until after the funeral and burial, and the relatives went back to Jordan. He recalls, “At that time, I kept saying, Lord, I can’t imagine it. I don’t understand how this happened.’ All that time, I kept wondering, what will Youssef do? Youssef is without a mother and Randa is in heaven. I said, ‘God, you are the God of widows and orphans. I will not make Youssef an orphan. But you are His father, and you are present. You are his father, and you are everything in his life…You wouldn’t forsake him.’”
Youssef was five years old. Victor prayed, “When I get home, Youssef will ask me about her, and I don’t know what I’ll do. Give me wisdom and blessing.” The day after Randa’s passing, he asked Victor, “Where did Mom go?” So Victor told Youssef, “You know Mom was pregnant and moving very slowly. We had gone to the doctor a lot and knew that the pregnancy was hard on her health. She got very ill and she went to heaven. This is better for her. She’s comfortable now and her body is not in pain. No more stomach aches or leg pains or anything like this. We’ll remain here for a while and later, we’ll all go up to Jesus together. She’s happy and praying, and we’ll go up to her singing too. It’s a different life with her up there, but it will be better for her.”
TOTAL AND COMPLETE HEALING
Victor had a lot of questions for the Lord at that time. He never stopped praying to God, asking for healing and answers and support. Slowly, he began a healing process. It took time, more than a year or two.
He looks back, “At that time, God was using me through my work. Lots of people had prayer requests and I could serve them. There were people going through the exact same thing as me at that time. We needed to know what we should do. I felt God was saying, ‘I’m with you. I need you to support these people.’ Every letter or phone call or email…I felt for more than one of them because they were going through the same thing as me. God gave me many blessings through their eyes. I prayed with them. I could help them as I went through this period. Youssef was 5 years old at this time. So many people stood by us during this time, as if Youssef was their own son. I thank God for my mother and sisters. They have supported me. Now, I have received total and complete healing from Jesus.”
RANDA’S MINISTRY LIVES ON
Victor still goes through old emails from Randa. She used to send him and her other friends and family an encouraging email every morning with a Scripture verse or other spiritual devotion. He sees this as her presence on earth. He photocopied them and handed them out to many people, because as he says, “These are the things that encourage me to this day.
Victor’s testimony first appeared on the live program Speak Up, drawing the program’s largest number of phone calls from the audience. Many can relate to his experience and continue to be touched by his words, as the episode is still available on SAT-7 ARABIC Facebook and YouTube pages.