A church planter working in the Middle East has shared the miraculous ways the Gospel is moving across the persecuted region, including how Jesus appeared to a Muslim man every night for a month, reciting to him the entire Gospel of John. David Platt, author and pastor of McLean Bible Church, recently interviewed a missionary identified only as Yazim. “He lives and works in the Middle East where, not only is it illegal to share the Gospel, it’s life-threatening to talk about how the Gospel is advancing,” Platt said. Speaking via simulcast with a disguised voice, Yazim began by stating, “God is moving inside the Middle East with dreams, vis ions, and personal visitations.”
He shared the story of a man who lived outside of an unnamed Middle Eastern city known for vast opium use. “This man said ‘A man wearing all white knocked at my door every night and I couldn’t look at him because his face was so shiny and bright,’” Yazim recalled. “‘When he would come inside, he asked me to write down what he said. The next night, he would come again and this went on for a whole month.’” Yazim asked the man, “What did you write?” The man showed Yazim his notebook. In it was written: “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. All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made,” the opening portion of the New Testament book of John.
“He had the whole book of John verbatim in his notebook,” Yazim revealed. “Jesus visited him every night until he finished the book. The amazing thing is, the man actually asked us, ‘who was this man that visited me?’” “I learned a valuable lesson: God will do his part, but we still have to do ours,” he added. Platt revealed that Yazim’s own conversion story is miraculous: His wife was a devout Muslim who, depressed by the demands of Islam, decided to take her own life. However, that very night, she heard the Gospel for the first time and dedicated her life to Jesus.
Following that event, she and her husband decided to stay in their homeland and dedicate their lives to sharing the Gospel. “Our focus is to make disciples who then start new churches,” Yazim said. “We believe that what God commanded us to do that in Matthew 28. If you make disciples, churches will grow.” Yazim and his wife hope to plant ten more churches, but making disciples takes time and funding, as new Christians must be taken to secret locations to be trained. “This training, along with supporting the leaders, will cost $25,000 for ten churches to be developed,” he shared.
Platt, who earlier in the night announced the proceeds from his latest book will go to “urgent needs in the world,” said, “Well, Yazim, we praise God for what you’re doing on the front lines in the Middle East. We want you to know we are behind you, that you’re not alone.” “Count us in for that $25,000 to plant ten churches in the Middle East,” Platt declared. Such stories of Jesus appearing in visions to Muslims throughout the Islamic world are not uncommon. According to Mission Frontiers magazine, out of 600 Muslim converts, 25 percent experienced a dream that led to their conversion.
Last year, a former Muslim-turned-pastor who started hundreds of churches in Pakistan said that many Muslims are making decisions to convert after Jesus Himself visits them in dreams and visions. “It’s very dangerous for anyone to preach the Word of God face-to-face in non-Western countries,” the pastor said. “So God reveals things through dreams. People are very faithful in the East, placing themselves in positions to see the signs of God by studying the Word of God,” he added. “They watch for the signs and miracles to show that the Word of God is alive. It is a privilege to own a Bible in the East.
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