During the first meeting, I did not have the chance to know him well but we agreed to meet again to finish the rest of the required paperwork, etc. The second meeting was quite different and much better as I was able to spend time with him alone and go through the paperwork, and then listen to the story of why he had come to the Mayo Clinic. Kaliefa is 21 years old, and he has a really heartbreaking story. He has gone through a lot of things over the past 6 years as he was diagnosed with lung cancer 6 years ago and has had 20 surgeries. He is sure that he will die as his is father, brother, sister and aunt have all died from the same disease. Although he believes that he will die, he wants to take one last chance and try the Mayo Clinic. He is on a new experimental medicine that has not been released to the public yet, but he says the many side effects are better than dying. As I was hearing his story, God used me to bring encouragement to him, and I gave him many Bible verses. I told him about Jesus, and that He is the only one who can do miracles, and that there is no one like Him, even among the Prophets. He asked me how Jesus is able to do miracles even though He is no longer on earth.
I told him that Jesus is alive in heaven, even as the Quran says and as all Muslims believe. I told him that Jesus can use doctors and medicines, and that He even heals directly by Himself, but that He asks us to trust in Him for every situation. I told him that as Christians we believe that Jesus is the Creator and the greatest doctor.
Kaliefa feels that he is not important, that he is neglected, and he feels his case is hopeless. His brother is with him as his assistant, but he doesn't take care of Kaliefa, spending his time instead with his friends. I offered Kaliefa my help, assuring him that he can call me to help with anything. I have been doing just that as we have met two additional times, and I promised that I will keep praying for him. I asked him if he wants one of the pastors to also pray for him in person, but right now he doesn't feel comfortable with the idea. I think he is afraid that the Muslim community might find out about it. I’m in contact with him and still sharing many Bible verses with him. I pray that the Holy Spirit will open his heart to receive the Good News about Jesus Christ.
-Missionary John Gayed -- Rochester, MN