Rohaan is a Muslim. Or at least that’s what his ID says and that’s what his family says. Rohaan had the opportunity to go to college in the US. Away from his family and community he had tremendous freedom, but that freedom led him to drugs. There was not a day that went by that he was not high and his life was completely consumed by his addiction. One night in desperation he cried out a prayer to God, but it wasn’t like the prayers he had grown up saying or reciting. It was from his heart; a deep-seated desire to change, but not knowing how.
And then, Rohaan had a dream. Rohaan told me his dream, but he made sure I knew it wasn’t an ordinary dream. “It was as if I was there… because I was there. It was so real” he said. His dream:
“I was standing in my home with my father and we were by a window looking out. I embraced my father and within an instant, I was in the heavenly realms. There I witnessed the most beautiful scene I had ever seen, and I was standing before God the Father and he was wearing clothes as bright as light and he was holding a giant hammer. Suddenly, the hammer came down and broke everything beneath us. Once again, I found myself with my father in our home. Except this time, everything was engulfed in flames, even my father was engulfed in flames. I was terrified because I thought I was going to die so I embraced my father and told him ‘I just want to be in your arms’. Although the flames were all around me and I could feel them on my arms and body, they did not burn or hurt me.”
Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
After that night Rohaan said that his life started to get better. He had an overwhelming sense that God was with him, but he was still depressed and fighting addiction. Not long after his dream, there was a night where he was in an especially low state. He was depressed that he had spent all his money on drugs, and therefore had no money for food or clothes. That night he felt a strong urge to read the Bible, but he didn’t have one or know how to read one. He remembered that he had seen on tv or in movies that when Christians read the Bible it was like reading time (chapter:verse), so he looked at his phone. It was 12:22 am. He Googled 12:22 and he read the first result:
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing… O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom and these things will be added to you.
— Luke 12:22-31
“I couldn’t believe what I had just read! God cares about what I wear! These words were like nothing I had ever heard before and I knew in my heart that they were not the words of man, but were coming from above.” Rohaan’s story of coming into the kingdom is a miracle. Rohaan returned home and faced many trials due to his new beliefs and there was no community to help him. In the states he had developed a liking for American football, so one night he decided to Google football videos. To his surprise, he learned that there was a football league in his city. He couldn’t wait to join and wouldn’t you believe it? He ended up on our team.