Since the late 1970’s, I have heard story after story of Jesus appearing to Muslims in dreams and visions to speak to them about who he is. It has come from every conceivable source, numerous well-respected organizations, and trusted friends. Why does he do this with Muslims and so frequently? I don’t know, but it thrills my heart every time I hear a new story. It reminds me that we are speaking the truth, Jesus is alive, and he is Lord of all.
Last weekend I heard another story of the mighty power of Jesus. Kathy and I were in Ft. Worth at the Muslim Background Believers conference. On Saturday night we had dinner with Hormoz Shariat and his wife Donnell. Hormoz is the founder and president of Iran Alive Ministries which God is using to bring Muslims to Christ in the thousands in Iran. Here is what he told me.
A Muslim man in a village watch Hormoz week after week speak of the love and life giving message of Jesus. Then, one night he trusted Christ as his Savior. He wanted to know what to do with his new-found faith and the Lord spoke to him to share this good news with others. The man obeyed and started sharing with the other men in the village but three of them took offense at his message and beat him severely.
The new Christian went home badly beaten physically and greatly discouraged. He fell asleep and soon Jesus appeared to him in a dream. The man said, “Lord, why did this happen to me? I have obeyed you and look what happened! Are you sure this is what you wanted me to do.” Jesus told him, “Yes, I wanted you to speak with them and very soon you will see that I can turn your enemies into friends.” Then, the man fell into a deep, restful, and healing sleep.
In the morning he was awakened by loud knocking on his door. When he opened it, there were the three men who attacked him! In fear, the man tried to shut the door, but they said, “Please, no, wait. Last night we could not sleep. We felt so bad about what we did to you. We had a dream and we want to learn more about Jesus.” So the four men began watching Hormoz’s broadcast and soon they trusted Christ as Savior!
Then, they started telling others in the village. Soon, the entire village was in the man’s home watching the show. Eventually, everyone in the village became a follower of Jesus!
This is only one of many gripping stories we heard last weekend at the conference we attended to equip God’s people to minister to Muslims. Islam has always presented a great challenge to our faith, but we heard repeatedly that we are not to give in to our fear. We have a greater message, a greater story, a greater Lord.
To assist you in your outreach to others, we have created a 16-minute video, The Renewal of All Things. You can purchase a DVD, purchase the download, or watch with this link on the web. We have also created a follow up booklet to guide people through the video with discussion questions. We hope you will take advantage of these resources to share your faith with others.