Middle-east terrorism brings deep concern to many Christians – but the reality is that Jesus is being found as Saviour and friend by sincere many Muslims. Missionary statesman George Forbes continues his last months’ sharing of amazing good news stories from trusted sources in the missionary world…
Here is the testimony of a former Muslim whom we shall call Ibrahim. He recalls…
‘My supernatural dreams first began during primary school. I was in the habit of praying each night before sleep; praising Allah, thanking him, and continually asking for guidance from him. It was 1987 and after some time of meditation and prayer Allah spoke to me in a dream. I knew nothing about the content of the Bible, but what I saw was very similar to what is recorded in the book of Acts of the Injil.
‘They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven’ (Acts 1:10 NIV).
‘In this first dream I was surprised to see clouds gathering on top of a mountain. After the clouds gathered two angels dressed in white robes stood on top of the mountain. Jesus was standing between the angels. He left the angels and came to where I stood watching. As he approached me, I knelt down and he laid his hands on my head. With the deep love I felt from him, I began repenting. The dream was so powerful to me, but in the morning I told no one for fear of what my family may do to me. I remained silent for that year, telling no one what I had experienced.
‘A year later in 1988 I had another dream. Again Jesus was standing in between two angels at the mountain, but this time as he came toward me he was trying to go past me. I begged him not to pass by me, and again I knelt down and repented. He did not lay his hands on me, and after I awoke I again remained silent because of my fear.
‘The third time came a year after the second dream. As I looked upon the face of Jesus at the top of the mountain, he was full of compassion and was smiling down on me. The two angels were absent this time, but instead a vast multitude of people was present. We were going to where Jesus was, full of peace and joy. The next morning I sat down to meditate upon this most recent dream.
‘After these three years, I finally made an important decision to follow this Jesus who appeared to me these three times in such overwhelming love. I again chose to remain silent about these events, but did begin to look for opportunities whereby I could get to know this Christ better. I received a Bible, the first one I had ever carried in my hands. Each student was encouraged to read it every day.
‘The Lord spoke to me during that time as I read in the gospel of John: “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Ftrather except through me’” (John 14:6, NIV). This verse provided a bridge between me and Jesus, and I placed my full trust in him.’
Muslims experience miracles
Tenalem Mulugeta is an Ethiopian evangelist who has been working in the region between Dembi Dollo and the Sudanese border since 1998. When he arrived in Modscho, he initially experienced significant resistance: people pelted him with stones and beat him with sticks. He was severely injured.
One day, the people wanted to test whether the God of whom he spoke really has power, so they brought him an 18-year-old Muslim who had been confined to his bed for five years. Tenalem laid hands on him and prayed. The youth was healed immediately, jumped up and shouted ‘Jesus is Lord!’ He was the first in Modscho to be baptised and start following Jesus.
When they saw what happened to the young man, the people also brought a 12-year-old girl who had been lame for 18 months. She was also healed, and the people’s hearts were opened for the gospel. Many are now Christians.
Dr George Forbes is internationally recognised as a missionary statesman with a heart for the lost of the nations. With a wealth of missionary knowledge and a unique ability to communicate the global picture, he is widely known as the ‘storyteller.’ Link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: See also Focus article Muslim Pilgrim Finds Jesus in Mecca