Man in white
When Samira sits down in front of the Al-Aqsa mosque, a man dressed in a white robe approaches her. She is startled when he calls her by her name. He starts talking to Samira and reveals a knowledge of her personal life that startles her. Then he talks to her about her present life, and he explains the answer to the spiritual search that is taking place around her on the streets of Jerusalem. He says to her, “you belong to me. I am the way, the truth and the life. Follow me.” She does not understand what the man in white is telling her, and when he starts walking away into the narrow streets of the old Jerusalem, Samira tries to run after him. She follows him a short distance, but soon he disappears among the throngs of people. She runs back and keeps asking the others who were sitting beside her if they have seen the man dressed in white that was talking to her, but they deny any knowledge of such a man and tell her that she must have had a heat stroke and lost her mind. But Samira is convinced that she met Isa, or Jesus. She is also convinced that He told her what the true way in life is. This encounter changes Samira’s life.
When Samira returns to her North African country, she can’t contain herself. Everywhere she goes she tells other people about her meeting with Isa and what He told her. She shares her story with strangers on the bus, at the market place, in the shops. She creates such a stir by her story that the newspapers in her country start writing about the crazy woman from Jerusalem. She gets arrested by the local police, who tell her that if she is not quiet, she will be locked away in a mental institution. But Samira can’t stop telling others that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and soon she is arrested again. This time she is locked away in the psych ward at the hospital.
After several months, her daughters approach the Chief of Police and beg him to release their mother. The Chief of Police agrees to release her if her daughters can promise that their mother will stop sharing her new faith in public. When Samira’s daughters are finally able to bring their mother home, she tells them what happened to her. During the months she was locked up in the mental ward; she slept much of the time from sedatives that were put in her tea. But while she slept she had dreams and visions where Jesus came to her and comforted her. One of the things that Jesus told was that one day He would be able to enter all Arab homes, and no powers or authorities would be able to stop him, like they now tried to stop her. This was too great and strange for her to understand, but she hid it in her heart.
This happened in 1978, the same year that Miracle Channel’s founder heard God speak to him about the coming TV revolution that would take place all over the world as the state monopolies would start falling.
When Miracle Channel first started broadcasting in 1996, Samira’s family started watching the TV- programs in their living room. The programs resulted in one her daughters becoming a follower of Christ, and both her and Samira were followed up by Miracle Channel’s follow-up office. One time Samira’s daughter was able to meet up in person at one of Miracle Channel’s follow-up offices where she told their story. She had also brought along the newspaper clippings about her “crazy” mother who freely shared her encounter with the man in white all over their city.
Miracle Channel keeps hearing testimonies and stories from viewers across the Arab world who have encountered Jesus Christ through a dream or vision. Many of them didn’t know who Jesus was, but were able to learn about Him through Christian satelitte channels such as through Miracle Channel’s programs. Today Samira’s daughter understands what Jesus was telling her mother in 1978. And the day has truly come where the Prince of Peace can enter every Arab home through television or the internet in ways that were unheard of only a few years ago.