Here in the United States, it’s easy to take our religious freedom for granted. For most Americans it’s hard to imagine losing one’s life because of their faith, but that is the reality for our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
Ordered with “killing every Christian you find,” 19 Islamic terrorists set off for a site where baptisms were being performed.
According to one of the members, nicknamed Haroon, the terrorists’ purpose was to instill fear into those who were sharing God’s Word with the rest of the Muslim world. As it turns out, God used this as a chance to show His awesome power, and love.
Following a baptism service, a group of Christians found themselves being chased by the militant group. The terrorists started firing rounds at the buses, when all of a sudden something miraculous happened.
As the terrorists continued to fire at the buses in front of them a huge cloud of dust appeared, causing their vehicles to stop.
Haroon said that the storm was so bad that they “were unable to move forward,” yet they continued to fire into the cloud of dust. Then, according to Haroon, Jesus appeared to them.
Haroon claims that Jesus spoke to the group, and that His voice was so strong it blew the weapons out of their hands. When they finally got up, the militants couldn’t speak, but Haroon notes that a strange sense of peace had come upon them all.
Then, according to the militants, Jesus told them that He “came to the world not to destroy anyone; but to save.”
After being told to “go in peace,” the group left the area, both fearful and in awe at the same time.
Now, 17 of the 19 men have turned their life over to Christ. Haroon says that it was the moment in the desert that opened their eyes to the true power and grace of God. They only hope the other two men will allow Christ into their lives, as well.
God’s love knows no bounds. There is no sin too hard for God to forgive. Here are people in the midst of persecuting Christians, and God uses it as a chance to show His grace. That is a mighty God.