It was a hot day in Athens and Malekah* was tired from her journey. “Yes, Malekah,” she said to herself, “you are getting old.” As a refugee from Afghanistan, she pondered how her entire life seemed like one long, arduous walk. For the past year, she had traveled almost an hour each way to get to the ministry center in Greece several times a week. During her visits, they would tell her about a man named Jesus, but each time she refused to listen. All she wanted was a hot meal and for people to leave her alone.
On this particular day, Malekah, pulled on the handle to go inside, but the door was locked. Familiar with the frustration of closed door after closed door, she wearily sat down on the sidewalk, leaned against the side of the building in the cool shade, and drifted off to sleep.
While she was dozing, she had a dream. In the dream, a man dressed in dazzling white appeared to her. She gasped when she saw him. He smiled at her and said, “The door is open.” She protested, “I tried it. The door is locked.” The man in all white said to her, “Malekah, I AM the door, and it is open.”
Startled from the dream, she woke up and tried the door again. This time, it was open. Bewildered and excited, she shuffled through the door, bypassed the hot meal and immediately found one of the ministry leaders and said, “Please tell me about the man who just appeared to me in my dreams.”
On that day, Malekah heard the story of Jesus for the first time with a receptive heart. Afterwards, she decided she wanted to be baptized and follow “the man in white” who introduced himself as “the open door.”
The door is open in the Mediterranean Rim and God is on the move. Weekly we are hearing stories just like the one above – Muslims who are having dreams of Jesus and then searching for people who can help them discover the God who is pursuing them. And we want to be there when they come knocking!
Our vision at Missions Resource Network is to join what God is doing among Muslim people in a region of our world where faith in Jesus has not existed for thousands of years. More Muslim people have come to faith in Jesus in the last 20 years than in the previous 1400 years combined. So many people are waiting to hear. The time to act is now. We are looking for both prayer partners and workers to join us on this journey.
Clear Creek partners with MRN to share Jesus in the Mediterranean Rim. Clear Creek also partners with a family working near this area with Muslims that are experiencing similar experiences! Please continue to pray for these efforts!
*Name changed for security reasons