9/7/2012 – Charisma News – Steve Yount 

As a missionary, Tom Doyle has made dozens of trips to the Middle East. But when he first heard the stories of God working in a supernatural way there, he had trouble believing them.

Then, in the words of one of his friends, “God showed me that my theology does not determine his actions,” Doyle and co-author Greg Webster write in the just-released Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World.

Doyle fell in love with the Middle East on his first biblical tour of the Holy Land. After 20 years as a pastor in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, he felt called to full-time ministry in the Middle East in 2001 and accepted e3 Partners‘ offer to direct its ministry there. He has since become a vice president for e3, a church-planting ministry that works in more than 40 countries.

The book is a collection of never-before-told stories from the front lines of the campaign to bring the gospel to the world of Islam. In his 11 years working in the Middle East, Doyle has met former Muslims who were first introduced to Jesus through either a dream or a vision.

He included their stories in the book, as well as others documented by close friends in the region. “If we couldn’t verify the experience, we left it out—no Christian fairy tales here,” Doyle writes.

In one amazing story, a Muslim kidnaps a Christian in Cairo, one of the most dangerous places in the world to spread the gospel, and takes him at gunpoint to an abandoned warehouse. Inside, he meets a group of 10 imams, who tell him they have been having dreams about Jesus and ask him to teach them about the Bible.

Stories about dreams and visions have become increasingly common in the Middle East. Research suggests that one out of three or four Muslims has such an experience before becoming a Christian. Doyle points out that these dreams and visions merely open the door for Muslims to hear about Jesus in countries where spreading the gospel is forbidden.

Other barriers to the gospel in the Middle East include illiteracy—Muslims there often couldn’t read the Bible, even if one was available—and Western stereotypes about terrorists. Doyle notes that the vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving.

“I believe Islamic terrorism is Satan’s attempt to keep the gospel message away from Muslims,” he writes.

Another story takes the reader inside Mecca, the holiest of Muslim cities, where, if found out, non-Muslim visitors are executed. Even in Mecca, it turns out, God is moving.

“More Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus today than ever before,” Doyle writes. “In fact, we believe more Muslims have become followers of Jesus in the last 10 years than in the last 14 centuries of Islam.”

Ultimately, the book “reveals the most important movement of our time—the movement of God.”


2 Responses to “Jesus Moving in Muslim World Through Dreams, Visions”

  1. 1 Jeremiah Veritas

    Praise to Our Lord Jesus Christ whose Holy Spirit moves as He sees fit.
    See also youtube testimonials by searching on ‘muslim journey to hope’.

    God Bless.

  2. 2 Lavina J. Finley

    Dear sirs: I would like to relate to you that I KNOW FOR A FACT that God speaks in dreams. I was 24yrs. old, going through a terrific time of trouble with a one yr. old son who’s hand had been severely burned. One night, I had a technocolor dream or more than a dream, because the sound was intense along with the brilliant color. I saw the clouds roll away with a great noise, the blue sky split and roll up into a scroll and there on a throne sat Jesus, surrounded by millions of white beings. He came closer to the earth and I began to try and hide, but there was no place to hide. I climbed on top of a roof to see better. Then realizing what was taking place, I began to beg God not to cast me away. I began to repent and asked for Him to save me. It seemed as though He knew everything done or undone in my life. Suddenly I woke up, my bed soaked in perspiration. I didn’t tell anyone at that time. Two nights later in my sleep, another dream came. I saw JESUS being stretched out on a cross, the nails pounded into his flesh and I wept so hard. I was so very sorry for this, so astounded that cruel men could do this. Then I heard a voice that said “I did this for you”. I woke up again with a bed simply soaked through and through. Within that same year, I ran to a church alter and there asked Jesus to save me. I repented of every thing I could think of. I was baptized that very week and my unsaved husband watched that service. A dear lady came to shake hands with me following and whispered to me ” My little sister, God is going to call your husband into the ministry and soon”. Being a new babe in Christ, I just had a very hard time grasping this. But within another year, my husband came to know the Lord as his Saviour and soon informed me that he was going to preach the Gospel. He went to a Bible College until he was sent to the land of Turkey by the USAF. I knew that what ever happened, my husband would make the right decisions. When he arrived in Turkey, a sargeant met him at the plae and inquired “You wouldn’t happen to me a minister would you?” We need one here so badly. That started the first group of believers in Ankara Turkey where he served for 18months in their midst.
    I say the road has been rough and uphill, but can I do less than my LORD? I appreciate working Christians so much, especially now that I am old and tired and ready to GO HOME. I’m not afraid to leave anymore and that time may be soon, but I look forward to Jesus taking my hand and letting me know that It’s been Worth it all”.

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