The Rev. Sally Smith, pastor of St. Mark’s Church in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England, is claiming that at least two Muslim refugees have converted to Christianity after encountering Jesus in their dreams.
Smith told England's Christian Today that she has seen more than 50 Muslims become Christians following the launch of "Sanctus," a drop-in initiative she began for refugees who are entering Europe with little to no resources of their own.
"One man, Hassan, had a dream. In this dream, Jesus came to him as a light. He told him to come to this church and be baptized," she told the outlet. "He knew it was the Lord who had wrapped himself around him."
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The pastor made a point of saying her efforts are in no way intended to be proselytizing opportunities, telling Christian Today, "I am very open about the fact that we are not here to convert people. I say to volunteers, leave your religion outside the door."
Nevertheless, many have reportedly experienced spiritual encounters under her watch.
"Another man saw Jesus in a dream, and he was shown a picture of this very church," Smith said. "So many supernatural or mystic experiences seem to be happening. It is wonderful to be part of."
In recent months, Smith said, the church has expanded from 12 to 50 members because of how welcome refugees feel when they enter the facility:
Many Muslims do convert, moved to do so by the warmth of the welcome and worship at St Mark's and Sanctus.
One of the new converts acts as her translator, rendering her sermons each Sunday into Farsi for the Iranians.
Often destitute and arriving in Britain having lost absolutely everything and after going through desperate struggles and sufferings, they are moved by the kindness of the Christians, said Smith.
And, according to a report from CBN News, Muslims encountering Jesus in their dreams is certainly not a new phenomenon. In fact, Iranian Christian pastor Rahman Salehsafari recently told the site he has heard of similar experiences.
"Right now you can see the results of the Holy Spirit," he said of the growth of Christianity in his home country. "From 1994, there were about 100,000 believers. Right now, there are 3 million. You can see what the Holy Spirit is doing with the people."