Many South African Christians have heard reports of a growing number of Muslims in various parts of the world coming to Christ through dreams. But not too many have met such believers.
Ds Heinrich Alberts of Hoogland Dutch Reformed Church, Port Elizabeth, met five such Christians at a Bible college in Middle Egypt in April, and was deeply moved by the experience.
The five young, “Muslim background believers” from various parts of North Africa were “uncontaminated” by church tradition and doctrine, he said. They showed pure “love in action” and were fearless about sharing their faith despite the dangers they faced. When local Christians advised him not to publicise the names of the five because of the risk of persecution, they laughed and said he should look at their facebook pages where they openly witnessed about their faith.
The five — two from Algeria, one from Tunisia, one from Morocco and one from Egypt (Nile Delta) — all said they became Christians without the involvement of people but through dreams in which Jesus revealed himself to them. All five found their way to Veritas College in El Minya where they sought training to equip themselves to evangelise in their home countries.
Alberts said that the director of Veritas College, Egypt, Emad Sami, believed that it was a miracle that the five had all heard about Veritas and managed to arrive there at the same time. Apparently 12 young people from different parts of North Africa had applied for visas in order to study at the college but the five “dreamers” were the only successful applicants. Travel between North African countries was currently difficult because of fears of Arabs from different areas bringing different political doctrines, said Alberts.
Due to the unique circumstances of the five new believers, Veritas developed an intensive three weeks training programme for them. The college specialises in practical Christian leadership training that works in any culture.
Using dreams in closed areas
Alberts said that the view of Christian leaders in the region was that God was using dreams to draw Muslims to Himself in areas that were cut off from outside evangelists. God was sovereignly reaching people in those places so that they could reach others in their areas.
Alberts visited Egypt and Veritas College for the first time in 2007. He was impacted by the vitality and commitment of previously Muslim believers and the way that churches worked together in that environment that was hostile to Christians.
“In South Africa Churches are often so divided by doctrine and traditions that they lose the plot and everyone is protecting their own interest instead of working together for the Kingdom,” he said.
He and his church began a relationship with Veritas and he has visited Egypt regularly since then. At his last visit, in April, he was a guest speaker at a graduation, which included diplomates, degrees and the college’s first Masters degree graduate. Veritas, which is accredited with the university of Perth and the University of Colorado, has colleges in various parts of the world, including a number of “closed” areas.