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My Dream Saved His Life

by Crossworld
in Immigrant and Refugee Ministry, Salvation-baptism, Spain, Story
Daro’s friend was almost dead. Now they’re both more than alive.
Political conflict and religious persecution forces 37,000 people per day to flee from their homes, according to the UN. They flee for their lives with little more than the clothes on their back, unsure where they will land but with hope that the future will be better than the past. The UN honors these brave men and women on World Refugee Day on June 20.
Far from home, refugees are often more open to gospel truth. This story came from Crossworld worker Jennifer, who serves at a refugee center in Spain. Warning: This story contains an attempted suicide.

SPAIN — When Daro said goodbye to his parents in the Middle East, he knew it was likely goodbye forever.
An only child, Daro could see clearly the two options before him: be drawn into the political fighting that was moving ever closer to his home, or leave everything that was familiar in search of peace and freedom in Europe.
“You need to leave,” his parents urged. But they wouldn’t be joining him.
He agreed it was his best chance to survive and left town with his friend, Keyan.
The two young men made their way on foot, by car, and on horseback, across enemy-controlled territory and rugged terrain. Eventually they arrived in Spain and found a Christian refugee center that provided them food and clothing, helped them locate housing, and shared the love of Christ. They rented separate apartments and began their new lives in Spain.
Despite the relative safety of his new surroundings, Daro was angry — angry at the injustice against his people, angry at God, and angry that he had to leave his family.
Then one night, Daro had a dream of Jesus.
“I’ll show you who I am,” Jesus said, “but I want you to take care of your neighbor first.”
At that moment, Daro woke up. He didn’t understand the dream, but he knew without a doubt that it was Jesus and that he needed to obey. So he got out of bed to check on his neighbor — Keyan.
He knocked on Keyan’s door, softly at first, then more loudly. Keyan still didn’t answer. Confident that Jesus had asked him to take care of his neighbor, Daro kicked in the door.
Keyan was attempting to hang himself.
Daro immediately cut down his friend and breathed air into his lungs. Keyan came back to life.
God had woken Daro up at the very moment of his friend’s greatest need, and sent him to the door with enough conviction to kick it down in the middle of the night. With his own breath, Daro gave his friend life.
The next morning, both Daro and Keyan trusted in Christ. They had heard about Him from the believers at the refugee center, but they hadn’t acknowledged Him. Now they would never turn back.
Since that night, Daro and Keyan have spread their story — and the story of Jesus the Messiah — to every refugee they meet in Spain, and they have led many to Christ. Someday, maybe, they’ll get the chance to tell their story to those they left behind in the Middle East, too.

Your part in this story...

Crossworld worker Jennifer asks you to pray for these requests.

  • Pray for God to strengthen Daro and Keyan and establish the work of their hands.
  • Pray that many refugee men and women will choose to follow Jesus because of their testimony, and that those who do will boldly share the gospel to others.
  • Ask God to establish His church among the refugee and immigrant communities in Europe.
The people in this story are real, but their names have been changed to protect their privacy.

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