…continued from Day 3.
Even more dramatic was the personal story told by a former prime minister of Ethiopia, Tamrat Layne. A former Marxist freedom fighter, his life had been transformed when visited by Jesus three
nights in a row while in a dark and solitary prison cell. After a military coup, backed by the Soviet Union in 1974, Layne and others formed an underground resistance movement and fled to the mountains. There, as they spent fifteen years waging armed struggle against the government, he became one of the top leaders.
He also met there and married his wife, Mulu, a fellow rebel fighter. When the Soviet bloc collapsed in the late 1980s and weakened the Addis Ababa government, the rebel forces invaded the capital and took control. Layne became prime minister; his best friend became president. Peace did not last long, however. Questioning the communist ideology, he proposed policy changes toward democracy.
After his ‘friend’ the president accused him of ‘abuse of power’, he was arrested and thrown into solitary confinement where he spent the next twelve years. Angry, vengeful and suicidal, he became sick and was hospitalised. One day, a nurse risked her life to give him a gospel tract. That night, Jesus revealed himself and said, “If you follow me I will give you the new life you are seeking.” At first skeptical, he finally surrendered after Jesus appeared to him again the following two nights.
The change in his life became obvious to the guards and fellow prisoners, some of whom became believers themselves. Later he discovered that his wife had also become a believer on the very same day in a refugee camp in Kenya. Finally released in December 2008, he was reunited with his wife and two children. They now live in America where he shares the message that whether the need is for a prisoner, a family, a people or a nation, there is only One who can give new life.
Source: Joel News International
Bible Study: Psalm 85:1-10
JULY: PRAY WIDER that powerful testimonies, such as that of Tamrat Layne, may be heard in more and more circles of leadership around the world, and that many more politicians throughout Europe and beyond will return to Biblical inspiration for their lives and legislation.