His name was Hussein. Like most Muslim boys in Ethiopia, he was Muslim because his parents were Muslim. He was told that Christians were on the wrong side of Allah. He happily joined in with his friends and brothers to jeer as the Christians passed by. It was ironic that while he was passing by a gathering, that he happened to hear the preaching of an evangelist.
Even while he taunted Christians, he felt something compelling about their witness. Hussein knew where he could find an Injeel (a New Testament) in English, and secretly, he began to read it at night. One night Hussein had a dream. In the dream, a man dressed in white appeared to him. In one hand, the man held out a Bible; in the other hand, he held fire. “Which do you choose,” the man said to Hussein. “Do you choose to take this Bible and share it among the people, or do you choose to feel the fire of hell?” Terrified, he sought out a local evangelical church near where he lived. He was immediately invited to attend a Bible Study at that church.
This was the time and place that God had intended for Hussein. He became a believer in Christ through the Bible study. His conversion to Christianity was nothing short of an outrage. Hussein’s father and brothers chased him to the church, where he was offered sanctuary. The pastors had to lock Hussein inside the church at night for his own safety. “Even though my family rejects any reconciliation with me,” Hussein told us, “I still pray that someday they will believe on Jesus Christ. “
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