After being married for five years my wife and I were invited to church by my sister-in-law and her husband. So I went to church with them thinking it wouldn’t hurt anything. When my wife and I got married, we had a written agreement that our children would be raised Muslim. My wife who was Catholic had no problem with this. We had both agreed to remain true to our religions. Even her priest gave his blessing to this.
So we finally went to a church which was a Bible church with my sister-in-law and her husband. We heard the gospel preached. My wife started to cry and went forward at the invitation for prayer. She went into another room with a couple of men from the church. Being a former marine and a Detroit cop, this made me jealous. However several minutes later she came out of the room. I’ll never forget the glow of happiness on her face.
People in that same church came and asked me if I knew Jesus but I would only reply that I was a Moslem and I believed in God and that was good enough. I can remember responding with a little bitterness toward the people as I kept my eyes on my wife wondering what was going on with her.
That day as we left the church I looked at my wife and asked her, “Are you still a Catholic?” She replied, “No, I’m not”. I asked her how that could be. She said that she would explain it to me later. Then I told her, “If I ever catch you showing the Bible to our son you have had it… that’s it for you!”
For the next two years that same church continued in prayer for me. Meanwhile, I made life miserable for my wife. I wouldn’t even let her use the car to go to church. She found a church nearby and would walk to it, even on snowy days! It was a two mile walk. I would even hide her Bible from her and I also began to take our son to the Moslem Mosque every Sunday, something I usually would not do! I was fighting the Lord. Christian men from that same church would come and witness to me, but I tried to ignore them.
Two and a half years later, I went with my wife to that same church and saw a movie called, “Burning Hell”. A couple of months later I had a dream that I was in combat running with another soldier. We both jumped in a foxhole that was really a bottomless pit! We landed in hell at the feet of the devil! It was so real to me. The devil started laughing. He pulled out a big knife and started stabbing the guy who was with me while continuing to laugh. I kept trying to stop him but he would laugh even more.
Then I got out of bed and got down on my knees. I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and come into my heart and save me. As soon as I did that I was filled with joy in my heart.
I knew that I was saved. I woke up my wife and told her. She said, “That’s nice” and went back to sleep. I knew she would think that she was dreaming in the morning. I came home from work that day and she was there to greet me wearing a big smile. She was still thinking that she had just dreamed it all. I went into the bedroom to take off my uniform while she followed me. She had tears in her eyes as she became even more convinced that it was all a dream. I couldn’t take it any more. I asked her, “Did you call Jerry & Mary? (My sister-in-law and brother-in-law) It hit her then that it was not a dream. I had really given my heart to the Lord Jesus! She started rejoicing and I joined in with her. That very night I went to church and made a public confession of my faith.
At 4:30 am on August 26, 1975 I accepted my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That was the greatest moment of my life. I thank the Lord for dying for a “scum-bag” like me.
I have led a lot of Detroit cops to the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to reach more cops for Jesus. I want them to turn to Jesus instead of booze, drugs, and sex. That’s not the answer. I pray that God will use me in a mighty way to glorify and honor His name and to reach our brother officers.
For you who read this article and don’t know Jesus as your Savior, please ask Him to come into your heart and save you. For “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.” My favorite verse in the Bible is, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me”. Jesus is the ONLY way. Oh, one more thing, STAY ALERT…STAY ALIVE!!! God bless.