Hannah’s Dream

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Hannah’s Dream is the supernatural true story of a Christian woman who escapes persecution in Pakistan and through a prophetic dream of the deadliest bomb blast in a church there, God reveals to her a spiritual gift she can use to help the Christians she left behind.

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As Hannah, a strong Christian woman living in Canada mourns her mother’s recent passing, she tells her daughter stories of growing up in her native Pakistan with her brothers and sisters.  The tales tell of a childhood filled with danger and narrow escapes but always guided by her mother and her powerful faith in God, teaching and motivating her children to stand strong, pray constantly and memorize Bible verses.

Hannah, her husband and their daughter go to church where her interest is piqued by the pastor’s sermon on spiritual gifts.  She recalls her mother’s many gifts of healing and seeing into the future and also recalls her mother telling her she would be used by God in a big way.  She speaks with the pastor after the service about her regret of having been too busy with life to heed her mother’s prophetic words and vows to developing her God-given gifts. 

Back at home, Hannah continues to tell her daughter stories of her teenage years and of how after her father’s death, she persevered through hardships at school to eventually earn a degree and flee from Pakistan to Dubai.  Finally she recounts falling in love with her husband and emmigrating to Canada with her baby daughter.

That night, Hannah has a very vivid dream of children dressed in traditional white for a celebration at a church somewhere in Pakistan.  Just as the children begin singing, two men barge into the church and detonate explosives, leading to a scene of massive carnage and bloodshed.  Emergency vehicles arrive to whisk men, women and children to an overcrowded hospital.  Finally in her dream, she sees a massive funeral and joins mourning families in the streets.

She wakes in a panic, feeling the dream was very real.  Her husband tries to assure her it was just a dream but recalls some of her past dreams coming true and must hide his apprehension.  She says a prayer and does her best to go back to her normal life, but continues to be haunted by the images she saw.  

In Canada, Hannah watches the news and suddenly sees the footage of her dream splashed across the television screen, playing out before her in real life.  The attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar is the deadliest of its kind on Christians in Pakistan.  She mourns the very real carnage she witnesses and the deaths of over one hundred men, women and children. 

Distraught, Hannah visits her pastor and asks him how this could have happened and what she should have done.  They explore Biblical passages together and conclude that she does have a spiritual gift of being able to hear from God and pray for those who don’t yet know what is going to happen.  Her faith renewed, Hannah accepts her gift and commits to devoting herself to prayer as her mother did and to helping the Christians still suffering in Pakistan.

That night, vigils around the world are held for those killed at All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan.  Hannah is inspired to send help to those Christians still living in danger there.

Hannah’s dream: Three days before the bomb blast dated 19 September 2013

Location of blast: All Saints Church, Peshawar, Pakistani Christians (Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)

Dated : 22 September 2013 bomb blast

Deaths : 127, Non fatal injuries : 250

Motive : Religious discrimination in Pakistan, Persecution of Christians, War in North-West Pakistan

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