By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS – December 4, 2015) — Gulzhan was studying the Bible with a Christian worker when, one day, Jesus met her in a dream. After this dramatic encounter, she surrendered herself to Jesus as Savior and Lord and was born again.
Word of her decision spread rapidly throughout the village, where Islam is deeply entrenched in people’s minds. Soon Gulzhan faced stiff resistance from her neighbors, according to a report by Frontiers.
After the winter arrived, the cold weather drove villagers off the streets and into their homes. Now Gulzhan rarely had to meet the disapproval of her neighbors when she went out to the market.
But the worst of the persecution came from her husband, Elemes. He was upset by Gulzhan’s new faith and his anger reached the boiling point. Whenever he saw his wife reading the Bible, he beat her, pulled her by the hair across the floor while he yelled curses at her and insulted the name of Jesus.
Elemes’ anger towards his wife continued without any signs of letting up.
One day, as Gulzhan was reading God’s Word and singing praise songs, Elemes kicked her out of the house and into the snow. He locked her out and left her in the cold without any shoes or coat.
Amazingly, she continued to praise Jesus throughout this freezing ordeal. “God had so filled my heart with His Spirit and joy,” Gulzhan told Frontiers, “that I simply continued singing and didn’t feel the cold as I searched out a place to stay.”
Elemes eventually let his wife back into the house, but his anger and the beatings continued. Gulzhan stood strong, trusting in the knowledge that God had accepted her even if her husband did not. She continued to read the Bible daily and experienced strength, sustenance, and courage in the face of much pressure, according to Frontiers.
After a year of this unrelenting persecution, something strange happened to Elemes. He woke up suddenly in the middle of the night with a stark realization. “I can’t move!” he screamed. Paralysis had overtaken his body.
Photo captions: 1) Many Muslims are meeting Jesus in a dream. 2) After the winter arrived, the cold weather drove villagers off the streets and into their homes, but she was kicked out for a time.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also the founder of www.Godreports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos, from the church around the world in world missions. He is also the co-host for “Windows on the World,” with ANS founder, Dan Wooding, on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv/).
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