A Christian missionary living in the Middle East says God is moving among Muslims in miraculous ways, including through “dreams, visions and personal visitations” by Jesus.
The missionary, known only as “Yazid” to protect his safety, spoke via voice call Sept. 18 during the “Something Needs to Change Simulcast” hosted by David Platt, pastor of McLean Bible Church in Virginia.
Yazid and his wife serve in a “highly restricted” area where Islam is the majority religion and Christians face death for spreading the gospel, Platt said. Nevertheless, the God of the Bible is moving among Muslims, Yazid said during the simulcast.
Yazid told the story of a Muslim man who lives about 50 kilometers (about 30 miles) outside a Middle Eastern city who had an encounter with Jesus.
“This man,” Yazid recounted, “said this to us when we visited him: 'A man wearing all white knocks on my door every night, and I couldn't look at him because his face was so shiny and bright. When he would come inside, he asked me to write down what he said. And as I wrote, I would fall asleep and then the next night, he would come again.’”
The visitations took place regularly for a month, the man told Yazid. Yazid asked him: “What did you write? May I see your notebook?”
“He showed me his notebook,” Yazid said. The notes began: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.”
“He had the whole book of John verbatim in his notebook,” Yazid said. “This is amazing. Jesus visited him every night until he finished the book. … [T]he man actually asked us, ‘Who was this man that he visited me?’”
Yazid told the man about Jesus.
“And here I learned a very valuable lesson: ‘God will do his part. But we still have to do ours.’”
The Christian Post first reported about the encounter.
God “is moving inside the Middle East with dreams, visions and personal visitations,” Yazid said.
Yazid’s wife, a former Muslim, also became a Christian as the result of a providential moment.
“She was a devout Muslim, and in her words, had become profoundly depressed by the demands of Islam -- and one night decided to take her life,” Platt said. “But on the very night she planned to commit suicide, she just so happened to hear the gospel through a satellite broadcast. And she put her faith in Jesus.”
Yazid and his wife currently are focused on making disciples who will, in turn, start churches. Because of the danger, they must do their work in secret.
“We believe that [that is] what God commanded us to do … in Matthew 28,” Yazid said. “We believe that if you make disciples, churches [will] result, churches will grow. Our immediate goal with this project is to disciple enough people to become disciple-makers to start 10 churches within the next year.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.