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Worship Me in the Desert

How a dream helped one man find the Way, the Truth, and the Life

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Driving a taxi is not what Hamad set out to do with his life, but that’s how it’s ended up. It’s the only kind of work he can find.

Hamad is from a typical family in his country. He was married to a cousin and had bought and sold various products with a family member. But in the 1980s, he had a dream—the same dream three times.

In his dream, a man named Yeshua said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and took him by the hand and told him to go out. This happened twice, but Hamad did not go. Who was this Yeshua?  The third time, Yeshua took him out of his room. Hamad woke up, and he was outside. He told his mother what happened, and she told him to go read their holy book.

A few days later, Hamad was in a pharmacy, and a man came in to sell some medical products. The man thanked the clerk and then gave him the remaining products and said he was giving them to him in the name of Yeshua.

Hamad was shocked; that was the name from his dream!

“Who is Yeshua?” Hamad asked. “Can you tell me more about Him?”

The man began to jump up and down, screaming like he was celebrating.

“I’ve been here for a long time, praying that God would reveal Himself to someone,” he replied. The pharmacy clerk asked them to leave because the man was making too much noise.

Changed Perspective

Hamad invited the man to come home with him. They had tea and lunch, and the man shared the gospel with Hamad and led him to the Lord.

Hamad knew he was changed, but he didn’t understand what it meant or how he was supposed to live now. What was he to do with the life he had led before? He felt like a wanderer, like his ancestors who had wandered through the desert. He tried several times to return to his previous religion, but he couldn’t. His perspective on life had changed.

There was no church for Hamad to attend, but over the years, he met other Christians who continued to speak truth into his life and disciple him. In the late ’90s, he was selected to attend a discipleship training program.

While he was away, his wife left him and married someone else, and his family rejected him. But Hamad would not turn away. He returned home and began to grow in his relationship with God.

When his brother fell ill in a bordering country, Hamad sold his taxi to pay the hospital bill for him and accompanied him home. No one else in his close family offered this kind of sacrificial love and support. But Hamad was different; he had chosen to follow Christ.

Evangelistic Spirit

After Hamad suffered a heart attack a few years ago, he really began to grow in his faith. Some workers and other expatriate believers collected funds for him to go to a good hospital to have surgery. Their love and generosity impacted him in a significant way. Though he had done a similar thing for his brother, he knew that God had provided through these people, some of whom he did not know but who regarded him as a brother.

Hamad began to earnestly study the Bible and share with others what he learned. Over the years, he has led many in his family to the Lord.

Hamad is a quiet, humble servant of God who has been gifted with an evangelistic spirit. He continues to encourage the growth of those in his group and also shares with many, connecting new believers with others for discipleship. He has become the one in his family on whom they depend for wisdom in decisions and in difficult situations. God gave him wisdom in how to resolve a situation between his tribe and another that could have resulted in bloodshed and years of animosity.

Under the Stars

Hamad recently acquired another taxi, but he sold it to buy a van, which he uses to work exclusively for a company that provides the funds he needs for his family and ministry. God continues to provide.

Hamad prays in earnest for those in his group, who have to change meeting locations regularly for security reasons. He’s like a shepherd, watching over his flock, and like Moses, trying to prepare them to be ready to move out and worship the Lord in this desert place. He gets frustrated with them when they don’t fully grasp God’s grace or when they give in to fear.

At times, the group meets in the desert, away from the city lights, where they can pray, discuss God’s Word, sing songs of worship, and remember that one day they will freely worship God in this desert place without fear of harassment, imprisonment, or death.

We were there with them one night in the desert, sitting on mats not far from a distant tent. One of the men began to make tea, using the light from a cell phone to help him see. They welcomed us to their meeting, and we opened in prayer under the stars with camels baying nearby.

Our marketplace ministries director, Bill, illuminated his Bible and began to share with them from Isaiah 61.

Hamad translated for him. His joy and love for this group was evident.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;

he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion — to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

Please pray for Hamad and the believers in this desert country, who risk much to follow Christ. Pray for boldness, wisdom, and protection. Pray that many will respond to the gospel and that there will be many other visions and dreams leading people to an encounter with the King of Glory.

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