A Muslim mother and daughter were surprised to discover during a telephone conversation that they had seen the same man in dreams at night.
Neither recognized the man. But they spoke about him during their weekly evening calls that often stretched into the early morning.
Then the daughter, Esme, announced one Saturday evening to her mother that she believed she had learned the identity of the unknown man. She said he was Jesus.
Esme, 21, had recently accepted Jesus through a Seventh-day Adventist friend whom she met inadvertently at her university campus in a Middle Eastern country. She was calling her mother, Ada, after attending Sabbath worship services with her new Adventist friends.
The announcement about Jesus stunned Esme’s mother. But something even more surprising was unfolding at the same time.
Both Esme and her mother had struggled for years with an unknown sickness. Esme had started showing symptoms at the age of 13, and her mother had fallen ill even earlier. After numerous health checks, the two had learned that their sickness was linked to radiation-poisoned food that the mother had eaten some years earlier. The food had been harvested in a region affected by the 1983 Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion in then-Soviet Ukraine.
For eight years, Esme’s mother Ada had been praying daily for her daughter’s health. Doctors said no medicine was available for a complete cure, only to ease the symptoms. The medicine stimulated Esme’s nerves, made her lose her concentration and sometimes caused her to turn violent.
After Esme accepted Jesus, her mother noticed that she never stopped speaking about Him. On the evening that Esme identified Jesus as the unknown man in their dreams, she also revealed that she had been healed completely of her illness without medicine.
It was an unbelievable answer to Ada’s years of prayers.
Several weeks passed. Esme wanted to have Sabbath worship with her family when she went back to her hometown for vacation. So all her Adventist friends took the public bus and went to Esme’s home, where her mother with three of Esme’s siblings and her grandmother welcomed them for a special weekend.
As they shared Sabbath worship together with Esme’s family, Ada’s eyes filled with tears of joy. She couldn’t believe that her daughter was free of illness.
Five months later, Esme’s mother Ada asked to be baptized.
“Now my mother and I believe that the man in our dreams was Jesus,” Esme said.
By Chanmin Chung, communication coordinator, Middle East and North Africa Union
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Adventist Review on Sept. 27, 2016.
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