I have waited till all the parties concerned are safely in their home countries before posting this. Sarah and I were not prepared for the level of possible surveillance on this trip. we were aware that my friend was risking his life to meet us and he and his brother’s safety was paramount. we had arranged to meet at Costa Coffee in the Dubai mall at 7pm. It had been difficult to make contact as my phone was being difficult, I borrowed Sarah’s but was concerned that my contact would be scared off.
we met at the perscribed place and then retired to somewhere quieter so we could talk more freely. I took a photo of us on my phone, for personal use not publication. we arranged to meet the next morning at 6AM at Jumeirah beach.
Afterwards Sarah and I went out for dinner, when we got to the restaurant I became aware of a couple of guys I had seen in the coffee shop earlier. we moved tables but the 2 guys plus another sat at the table next to us. It was clear they were interested in us. After a while the third guy left crossed over the precinct and took photos of us.
We managed to get back to the metro without being followed. However I didn’t now if our contacts had been followed. I thought it wise to delete my photographs.
I was given a lift to the beach early, but when we arrived it appeared that the beach was closed , I asked a work man and he told me the beach was open further down. we drove down . When we arrived I saw my contact and told my lift, “This is the place “.
We had discussed the basics of salvation the night before, so we went out into the sea and and confessed Jesus Christ as Saviour and dunked them right under. After I prayed for them individually to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It didn’t appear that much happened for my friend but his younger brother fell backwards on to the Sand. My friend asked, “is he okay?”, I was able to reassure him everything was alright. With that a Police patrol car rolled up on the beach.
Everything was cool. It was just a random patrol. We had done the business. So then we went for breakfast and talked some more. My friends have returned to their own country. It is illegal for them to convert to Christianity. Please pray for their safety and also the ongoing spread of the good news.
Jesus is Lord.