By Dan Wooding, Founder with ASSIST Ministries and the ASSIST News Service
MIDDLE EAST (ANS – June 7, 2015) — In a powerful story of redemption and grace, an Islamic State militant known for his brutal killing of Christians has converted to his victims’ religion after dreaming of “a man in white” who offered him a dramatic message, according to one missionary’s account.
This has been revealed in a story by Leah Marieann Klett writing in The Gospel Herald (http://www.gospelherald.com/).
Gina Fadely, Director of Youth With A Mission Frontier Missions, Inc. (YWAM), said during a recent appearance on The Voice of the Martyrs Radio Network, Christian Post reported. “One of our YWAM workers in the Middle East was contacted by a friend earlier this year and they met up and he was introduced to an ISIS fighter who had killed many Christians already. I mean that’s a horrible situation, and admittedly, he was probably on guard.”
Fadely went on to reveal that the ISIS fighter confessed that prior to his conversion, he had “actually enjoyed” killing Christians.
“He told this YWAM leader that he had begun having dreams of this man in white who came to him and said, ‘You are killing my people.’ And he started to feel really sick and uneasy about what he was doing,” Fadely continued. “The fighter said just before he killed one Christian, the man said, ‘I know you will kill me, but I give to you my Bible.
“The Christian was killed and this ISIS fighter actually took the Bible and began to read it. In another dream, Jesus asked him to follow him and he was now asking to become a follower of Christ and to be discipled.”
Fadely noted, said the story, that the militant’s encounter with Jesus Christ brings to mind the story of the Apostle Paul, who, according to the account provided in the book of Acts, was dedicated to the persecution of the early disciples of Jesus Christ. However, after experiencing a dramatic encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, Paul emerged as one of the greatest missionaries of all time, spreading the gospel throughout the Roman Empire and writing 13 books of the Bible.
“So who knows. Perhaps this man will be like Saul in the Bible that persecuted Christians and he turned from that persecution of the early church to become the Apostle Paul who led it,” Fadely said. “God can turn it around.”
Klett went on to say that since 2013, The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has waged a brutal campaign across Northern Africa and throughout the Middle East, working to establish a caliphate, or a Sunni-led Islamic government.
In an attempt to rid the region of religions other than radical Islam, the jihadist group routinely targets Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities for persecution, killing them by stoning, beheading, hanging, and other violent means. In February, ISIS beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, vowing to “destroy the nation of the cross.” In April, the group released a propaganda video showing the beheadings of 30 Egyptian Christians, declaring that believers will “not have safety” until they convert to Islam.
According to a UN representative, the group has also “institutionalized sexual violence and the brutalization of women as a central aspect of their ideology and operations,” often selling young Christian and Yazidi girls as sex slaves or forcing them to “marry” ISIS fighters.
“ISIS sells 9-year-old girls in slave bazaars,” revealed Christian writer Ann Voskamp, who visited refugees in Northern Iraq who had fled ISIS. “They are categorized. Stripped. And shipped naked. Examined and distributed. Sold and passed around like meat. Livestock.”
Despite the atrocities committed by ISIS militants, however, Todd Nettleton, host of VOM Radio featuring the YWAM directors, stated during the program that Christians should not “write them off as being out of reach of God’s grace and out of reach of God’s spirit.”
Klett added that Kevin Sutter, the other YWAM Director who appeared with Fadley on the VOM Radio program, shared that he has learned from one of his leaders in the Arab world that there is a “spiritual hunger” that was “unprecedented” among Muslims.
“Many people are now following Jesus but they keep it quiet. They haven’t gone public about it. They even have church in their own home, they’re watching, they’ll serve communion to one another as they’re watching TV,” Sutter said.
Fadely expressed a belief that God is using dreams to help missionaries share the Gospel with hard-to-reach groups in the Middle East, and is also using them convince Muslims and other non-Christians to believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Here is the link to the original interview: https://secure.persecution.com/radio/default.aspx?pdid=6203.
Photo captions: 1) Islamic State killers. 2) An Islamic State militant holds a gun while standing behind Ethiopian Christians in Wilayat Fazzan, in this still image from an undated video made available on a social media website on April 19, 2015. (Photo: Reuters/Social Media Website Via Reuters TV). 3) He saw Jesus in a dream. 4) Dan Wooding reporting for ANS from outside the Kurdistan Parliament in Erbil, Northern Iraq.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for nearly 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the author of 45 books and founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). Dan hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world, and also “His Channel Live,” a TV show beamed to 192 countries. He has reported from Northern Iraq for ANS.
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