ISIS leader ends up converting to Christianity after planning to kill TV ministry worker

A high-profile Islamic State leader reportedly planned to kill a Christian television ministry worker but ended up converting to Christianity after hearing the Gospel.

(REUTERS / Stringer)A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014.

Muhammad (not his real name) was watching Dr. Michael Youssef's television show "Leading the Way" when he thought of calling the number on the screen as a prank and killing the person who would answer his call. The ISIS leader spoke to ministry worker Peter (not his real name) and asked for a meet-up, the Gospel Herald details.

Peter is trained to screen callers who ask for personal meetings, but he felt that God was leading him to share the Gospel with Muhammad. When they came face to face, the ministry worker shared the message of God's love and Jesus Christ's gift of salvation.

Muhammad, on the other hand, was touched by the message and felt that God was speaking to his heart. He reportedly even saw God in a dream. He later renounced his sins, shaved his beard to show that he is leaving Islam, and decided to embrace Christianity.

During their second meeting, Muhammad revealed his original plan to Peter and asked forgiveness both from God and from him.

"This former ISIS leader is now your brother in Christ," Dr. Youssef said of Muhammad. "His conversion happened just weeks ago, and by God's mercy and grace, he has been baptized and is already serving Christ where he lives."

Several stories about former Muslims embracing Christianity after seeing Jesus in their dreams made their rounds in the past couple of years. In June 2015, The Christian Post published an article about how an ISIS fighter who had killed Christians left Islam after a man clad in white appeared to him in a dream and reprimanded him for "killing his people."

Just before he killed one Christian, his victim gave him a Bible, which he later read. The ISIS fighter had another dream about Jesus asking him to be His follower. This story prompted Christian media hosts to urge believers not to close their doors to ISIS militants because God can also reach out to them and transform them.