A representative of a missionary organization recently told a Christian radio program that a former Islamic State militant who admittedly enjoyed murdering Christians has turned over a new leaf after claiming that a mysterious man dressed in white began appearing to him in a dream, telling him to stop his murderous rampage.
The story, which is reminiscent of the biblical story of Saul of Tarsus — a persecutor of Christians who later converted to the faith and is one of the most important figures in the Bible — was told by Gina Fadely, director of Youth With a Mission Frontier Missions Inc., during a recent appearance on the Voice of the Martyrs Radio Network, according to the Christian Post.
Fadely recounted how a missionary who works with her organization was introduced to an Islamic State fighter earlier this year who had admitted to killing many Christians before something happened that profoundly changed his perspective.
Islamic State fighters march in Raqqa, Syria, last year. (Image source: AP/Militant Website, File)
"The fighter admitted that he had killed Christians and that he had actually enjoyed doing so," she said. "He told this [missionary] leader that he had began having dreams of this man in white who came to him and said, 'You are killing my people' and he started to feel really sick and uneasy about what he was doing."
Still, he continued as a member of the Islamic State. One day, as he was preparing to kill a Christian, the victim told the Islamic State fighter, "I know you will kill me, but I give to you my Bible." The fighter did end up killing the man, though he took the Bible and began reading it.
Fadely said that the Islamic State fighter then had another dream about the man in white — presumably Jesus — who asked the terrorist to "follow him."
"[The former militant] was now asking to become a follower of Christ and be discipled," she said. "Perhaps this Christian will be like Saul."
Read more about the story and listen to the audio here.
(H/T: Christian Post)