Middle East (MNN) — Disasters at sea have become routine over the past decade. Since 2014, more than 27,000 people have died or gone missing while crossing Mediterranean waters.
Mohammed*, a Syrian refugee, thought he would meet the same fate one stormy day this spring.
“He’s out on the Mediterranean [Sea] in one of these little boats that could fall apart with the right wave,” Uncharted Ministries’ Tom Doyle says.
“He was scared; he thought everybody would die in the boat.”
Then, Mohammed remembered the miracle he had read about before he left. “Some Christian friends gave him a Bible, he read some stories about Jesus, and he remembered the story about Jesus calming the sea,” Doyle says.
“He stood up and said, ‘Jesus, I know You did this before, would You calm the sea, please? We don’t want to drown.’”
The waves quieted, and eventually, the little boat made it to shore.
“They all survived. [Mohammed] got to Germany, met some former Muslims doing outreach, and told them the story,” Doyle says.
“He was ready to receive Jesus; they led him to faith in Christ. He’s been discipled now.”
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“Great things are happening, and God is moving in powerful ways,” Doyle says.
“We need to keep our chin up and find out how God is moving among Muslims and other people groups that need to be reached as well.”
Header image depicts refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2016. (Wikimedia Commons)