One really fun part of our work is listening to stories. We spend a great deal of our time just hearing people tell their story. The perspective gained from this is immeasurable. It’s actually a part of the work that God has outlined for us–go to the least reached parts of the world, hear the stories first hand, and then tell the Western Church those stories.
The other night, we were at a worship service at an international church. During this service, I had the privilege of meeting a man who works here full-time. He was telling me about the journey that many Muslims take on their way to meet Jesus. These journeys are often very long, involve many people, and quite often include dreams and visions.
He had çay (tea) earlier in the day with one such person who was pretty far along on their journey. This individual’s journey had been ongoing for the past many months. There had been about ten different individuals engaged throughout the journey. And, it appeared as if the person was nearing a point of decision.
And, then, the night before, they had a dream. As I said earlier, this is a common instance among Muslims who are seeking to understand the truth of Jesus. In this person’s dream, they could see themselves laying on an operating table. They were not surrounded by doctors and nurses, but rather by their friends who were believers In Jesus. One of these individuals reached into her chest and pulled her heart out. After this, she dreamt the person handed her heart to a man dressed in white. This man washed her heart and handed it back to the one who had removed it. They put her heart back in her.
As my friend told me this story, I asked how much longer before this lady would make a decision to follow Jesus. He smiled and said, “One really never knows.” He thought she was close, but close can mean everything from a few days to a few months.
Billy Graham once said, “It takes 40 people to lead 1 person to Christ. The first 39 prepare the soil, plant and cultivate the seed. The final person reaps the harvest.”.
Thankfully, that harvest is shared amongst everyone involved in the process. The countless encounters, the countless people praying for those who are having the encounters, those who pay to send the workers, the home churches, etc. They all have a part in the harvest of each of these individuals.
And so, we say, “Teşekuller” (Thank You), for helping us come into the nations and hear these stories.