As a member of the foreign security forces defending U.S. military FOB’s, Akiki* was determined to figure out if his dreams meant anything. Night after night, the same dream repeated over and over. Night after night, he was left with powerful images in his mind that wouldn’t fade. Night after night the same words were spoken from the midst of a brilliant light that seemed to be the essence of pure love: “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” He could not imagine who or what this was, but he had to know and somehow he was sure the chaplain could help him figure this out. Late at one night when all was quiet, he decided to end this mystery once and for all.
Akiki gently knocked on the door, careful not to disturb everyone. “Sir, it is late but I need you to advise me.”
Chaplain Rick offered his unexpected visitor a warm welcome and asked him to take a seat. Akiki, however, was too nervous to sit and paced across the front of the desk trying to figure out how to put into words what he had been experiencing. Words were hard to come by, especially since English wasn’t his first language.
“Sir, I am confused. As you know, I come from a village in Uganda where all my peoples are Muslim. My family is proud and devout and raised me to follow in their ways. But I suddenly find myself seeking something more. I’m having dreams that I can’t figure out—the same dream over and over again. I know you are a wise man so I am hoping you can help me.”
Though a single lantern offered the only available light, there seemed to be a warm glow filling the small room. Chaplain smiled at Akiki and asked him to share the details of his dream that he could remember. He listened intently and without interruption while praying for God to bring understanding to his friend. When he was finished, Akiki asked the chaplain what he thought about the dreams. With prayerful wisdom, he began to tell about the love of Christ Jesus, the Messiah, for all people, about his sacrifice and his plan of redemption.
Listening intently while tears welled up in his eyes, Akiki asked if the words “I have loved you with an everlasting love” had any special meaning.
Quickly, the chaplain opened his Bible and began to read aloud:
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
— Jeremiah 31:3
“Those are the very words God has spoken to me in my dreams! Night after night, I hear those words. And, now I see God has drawn me through His love. It is the Messiah’s love that has made my heart long for Him! The Messiah loves me and has chosen me!”
This night was the first of many they spent searching Scriptures, praying and listening to the Holy Spirit’s instruction.
Akiki was only one of the many Muslims who were having similar dreams. As he began to share with his fellow Ugandans, he was thrilled to learn that many others were experiencing a divine visitation as the Messiah stirred their hearts to seek Him above all others.
The Bible tells us if we will seek Him, He will be found. Akiki found the Messiah along with many others on that military base.
* Names were changed to protect their true identities.
(Ed. Note: It has come to our attention over the last few years that this experience in the Muslim nations is not unique. Time after time there have been reports of Jesus coming to Muslim individuals in their dreams much the same way he did in the New Testament. There seems to be a revival spurred on by our Lord’s direct intervention. We must remember He is an actual person who is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to call and protect us.)
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Soldiers Bible Ministry’s Mission:
To provide Bibles and study materials to U.S. and allied troops in their native language, for all who are called.
It is our privilege and responsibility to assist chaplains with the spiritual care and well-being of U.S. and allied troops, serving with our men and women wherever they are stationed. With the cooperative efforts of several other ministries, we provide Bibles and Bible Study materials to all troops, giving them the opportunity to know the power of the saving grace and comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ as taught in the Word of God.
We work directly with chaplains, who have stressed to us the importance of the complete Word of God in their ministry to the troops.
While many outreaches to military personnel provide the New Testament, the Soldiers Bible Ministry responds to the critical need for the entire Bible (including the Old Testament) to the troops.