“We lost Nada. At first, when we lost her, every one of us had an experience with Nada. Maha started to take some writings from Nada. She said, “I am God, I am…” She explained to us how it is. She said it took her 38 days before she found her resting place. And then she said “Now I have found my resting place.” So if we would not have had God’s help, none of us could have survived this.”

I met Nora Nasra in Dubai. She is the mother of my producer for Portraits in Faith in Dubai, Maha Nasra Edde. Not only was Maha a wonderful producer, she introduced me to her family and the experiences of faith that surrounded the tragic death of her sister (and Nora’s daughter), Nada. Nada was delivering a child during a nurses’ strike and negligence led to her preventable death. The family’s faith was actually strengthened by this experience as each family member, including Nora, had an experience communicating with Nada after she died. I was deeply moved by Nora and Maha’s experience of faith. As Nora said “I believe God is present in me, that we are part of God. We came from God and finally we return to God.”