There was an interesting story on CBN about how a young Muslim man and his wife became Christians.
It is illegal in many Middle Eastern countries for a person of the Muslim faith to convert to Christianity. It can result in fines or even imprisonment.
And it is not uncommon for people, particularly family members, to take revenge on those who become Christians due to the shame it brings on the family and Islamic faith.
The fact, that people are willing to face death for their decision to become Christians adds tremendous weight to their testimony, which often includes dramatic encounters with the risen Lord.
It’s similar to the early disciples who saw the resurrected Christ and were willing to die for their faith. They wouldn’t die for something they made up.
In an interview with Gospel Coalition, an unnamed missionary, who was called Yazid to protect his identity, shared the powerful testimony of how a Muslim man and his wife became Christians.
In the Muslim country where the missionary works, it is not only illegal for a Muslim person to become a Christian, it is also against the law to preach the gospel.
And what makes the conversion even more curious is that it took place several years back during Ramadan.
Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and commemorates Muhammad’s first revelation, and typically Muslims fast and pray during the month-long event.
And in the midst of this, a Muslim man shared how he had been visited every night by a man in white:
‘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… for the next month.'”
When Yazid asked to see what he was writing down, it ended up being the Gospel of John, the first words were:
“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.”
After explaining he was being visited by Jesus, Yazid was able to lead this Muslim man and his wife to the Lord.
Because of the extreme persecution that Muslims often face, Yazid noted that God is breaking through this resistance by supernatural encounters such as “dreams, visions, and personal visitations.”
And their willingness to face extreme persecution reveals the reality of these encounters.
The Apostle Paul was similarly converted through a personal encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.
It was a dangerous time for Christians. Before his conversion, Paul, who was then called Saul, was going city to city with the High Priest’s permission seeking out believing Jews in the local synagogues to take them back to Jerusalem (Acts 9:1-2)
Paul wrote that he even played a key role in the stoning of Stephen, as those who participated left their cloaks at the Apostle’s feet (Acts 22:20).
Paul’s conversion required an equally dramatic supernatural visitation, and even the Apostle wasn’t exactly sure if he had been taken up to heaven or had a vision (2 Corinthians 12:1-3).
But similar to this Muslim man and his family, Paul was so impacted that he was willing to die because of this encounter with Christ.
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:28-29 NIV)