If you caught my review for Mercy Triumphs, you know how much I have enjoyed this series from Jana Kelley. As part of her Litfuse blog tour, I am delighted to let Jana take us on a tour of the apartment where Rania is staying in Dubai!
Hi! My name is Rania. This apartment? No, it’s not mine. I’m living with my uncle and aunt. They rent this place because they are not citizens of Dubai. They are Sudanese, but live here because my uncle works here. My aunt? No, she doesn’t work. She just socializes with the other Sudanese who live here. They are a pretty tight community you know. Anyway, enough about that, let me show you the place.
You’ll notice the furniture here in the dining room and living room is extravagant. See the swirls on the table legs and the fake gold knobs on the drawers of the buffet by the door. Gaudy, right? My aunt loves it. The buffet? Oh, she just keeps dishes and stuff in the shelves and extra silverware in the drawers. Just between you and me, Uncle never looks in there, so if she were to want to hide something, that would be the best place to do it.
Here is what we call the salon, it’s where Uncle receives his guests. We hang out here too in the evenings when it’s just the three of us . . . well, as long as I don’t put my feet on the furniture. Auntie Fareeda forbids me to tuck my feet up under me. I’m usually not sitting there much anyway because this is where I paint in the evenings. Uncle likes to watch me work on my art pieces for school. I set up my easel in here. Of course, he doesn’t see all my work. One painting I keep hidden. I have a special plan for that painting, but Uncle can’t find out.
That’s the kitchen. Auntie cooks Sudanese food only. Lots of bread and stew. Sheep is her favorite. She likes to keep the door of the kitchen open so she can see and hear what goes on in the salon. The men don’t realize that she listens to everything they say while she bustles around in the kitchen. Uncle knows. He knows because he gets an earful from Auntie once the guests are gone.
Let’s go down the hall to the bedrooms. There are only two rooms and we share this bathroom here on the left. What do you mean ‘why is there no shower curtain?’ What is the use of a shower curtain? Why does it matter if water gets all over the bathroom? It’s called a BATHroom, right? Why wouldn’t you expect to get water everywhere when you bathe?
Anyway, Uncle and Auntie Fareeda’s room is at the end of the hall. Here, I’ll show you mine. My parents are coming from Sudan to visit in just a month and I have no idea where they will sleep. I guess in here with me. Mom and I will probably share this bed and my father will sleep in the extra one over there across from mine. At least I won’t be alone. I used to share a room with my sister you know. That was back in Sudan . . . before she believed in Jesus. Before a lot of things . . . .
That? Oh, it’s my secret painting. But please don’t uncover it. I don’t know you that well. I don’t really know who I can trust. Besides, you better leave before my aunt and uncle get back. If they knew I’d had a guest while they were gone, they’d be irate. You should be able to catch a taxi right out there on the street. If I were you, I’d go to the Mall of the Emirates next. It’s got a ski slope inside the building. No, I’m serious. Dubai has the first ski slope in the Middle East, the tallest building, and the biggest automated water fountain. Wouldn’t it be great if one day it had the biggest church in the world?
Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God.
Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan.
All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God’s mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don’t deserve it.
Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader’s eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.
Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend East Texas Baptist University. She and her husband married a month after she graduated, and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. After 13 years living in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband, and their three boys moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live. Jana is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, a blogger, a contributor to Voices of the Faithful by Beth Moore (Books 1 &2) and has written a trilogy set in Northern Sudan. Jana loves to connect with her readers.
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What about you? All 3 heroines in Mercy Triumphs live somewhere besides their home country. Would you want to live in a foreign country? Why/why not?