One of the first things we did after moving was to go out even further into the countryside where we stopped at a small, dusty, mountain village. Since cars coming through the village are far and few between, we just parked in the middle of the road.
Then, we encountered an elder of the village, who was Muslim. When he saw us he literally jumped up and down off the ground and asked our group to come into an outdoor enclosure in the woods and eat with him and his family. He was snaggle-toothed and bright-eyed. Quite a character!
He fed us the best of the best, including fresh honey from his beehives, freshly made yogurt and milk on the best locally made bread we’ve ever eaten. Afterward, he brought out perfume and sprayed it on each one of us! Then we enjoyed freshly roasted coffee along with the incense that is traditionally burned when entertaining.
He told us about a dream 20 years before that he would one day entertain foreigners and that he had been preparing for that day ever since. His dream included a huge star in the sky, which shattered and broke into pieces as it fell from the sky. So we told him the story of the star which announced the birth of Christ and the gifts of the magi. We compared the myrrh to the perfume, frankincense to the incense and his hospitality and the relationship that we were building together to the gold.
The second visit to his village resulted in presenting the Gospel and him saying, “This is Truth, and I believe it!” Isn’t God amazing!
Thank God for arranging this divine appointment with the village elder and for God speaking to him through a dream 20 years ago. Praise God for the work of the Holy Spirit in this man’s heart. Pray for him as he follows the Truth. Pray for others in his village to make this great discovery.
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