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Aala, embassy is dedicated to you.
Aala was praying when a vision of darkness swept over her.
She was alone, standing in a rocky and barren land. She was afraid.
Embassy didn't exist yet. We were a few people who had landed unexpectedly with connections to thousands of Muslims in closed nations. Many had told us they wanted to read the Bible together.
Aala was one of the few we asked who said no. Then, she had almost immediately deleted her accounts.
We felt led to pray and fast for her. We heard nothing from Aala.
"Muslims today are still waiting for an authentic Christian witness."
Then, in a timing that felt both sudden and painfully long, she appeared on our screen. "I can barely see through the tears in my eyes. I can barely type. My hands are shaking."
Then she told us this. After she had said no, that she didn't want to read the Bible, she had wept.
She had stayed up late praying through tears, crying out to God. She had said, “Please, if I could have one day with them, I could know you. But I am so afraid.”
Then came a series of visions. In the first, she was alone in desolation. In the second, we came into that dark place.
We stood with her, and then she heard us speak these words: "Aala, God sees you, and he wants you to go where we're going. Come with us."
She said that we opened the Word of God and told her how. She didn't know what we had said, only that it was from the Bible. Suddenly, she was in a place full of life. It was green; there was light. There was a river like crystals. She felt joy, peace, love, and the presence of God.
Aala said, "And this is very strange, but there was something like a giant house with many many rooms. And you said to me, 'Aala, did you know you can go in there?'"
Aala wanted to know if there was any way to understand this imagery; if we had any idea what it meant.
Embassy was created shortly after this.
Because I know what this dream means for her. But I also know what it means for us.
There are hundreds of thousands of men and women who are within reach, who are living without a gospel witness. And that should matter to the church, because it matters to God.
He sees them. He’s among them. He’s moving in power. And he wants them to go where we’re going. May we never fail to say Come with us.