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Fatuma Shubisa: Twelve Hours in Heaven

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Published on May 13, 2011

The pain Fatuma felt during her long sickness was finally over. Fatuma grew up Muslim but had converted to Christianity. She says after she died, she felt herself being drawn to heaven.

"I was very happy, and I was going with a very merry heart."

Along the way, Fatuma saw someone she recognized. It was her husband’s brother, who had died two years earlier.

Fatuma recalls, "He came and took my hands, and he took me away. I felt like the earth was like an open ditch, but I had gone up very, very high. When I crossed and went away from the valley, I reached a place where everybody was dressed in gold. I looked at the earth as very dirty, but where I was was very free and clean."

Back at her home, more and more people were coming to mourn Fatuma’s passing.

"My relatives had come, and they were non-Christians, Muslims, and they were crying very much," she explains. "But a few Christians were praying."

A missionary named Warsa Buta was walking nearby.

Warsa says, "After my salvation God told me, 'I will raise the dead through you.' With that word, I was praying earnestly from that day onward."

Fatuma adds, "When he was passing by the way, he heard that somebody had died. So he came and started praying. The non-Christians came, and they were asking, 'Why is this Pentecostal man praying over a dead body?'”

As Warsa prayed, Fatuma’s vision of heaven continued.

"My mother-in-law was dead, and she was there in that place," Fatuma remembers, "She was begging them to send me back so that I can raise my children. Those people who were in gold said, 'She is quite young, so send her back. Send her back.'”

By now, Fatuma had been dead a full 12 hours, but Warsa kept praying.

Warsa says, "I had faith the Lord would work through me. I prayed as Peter prayed. 'Fatuma, be raised. I ask you in the name of the Lord. Come to life.' When I prayed that prayer -- 'Fatuma, rise in the name of Jesus' -- she sat up in the bed."

Fatuma says, "Then immediately I found myself in my body. I sat up in my bed and started asking, 'What is this? What’s happening? What’s going on?' Then everybody was surprised. Some were commenting, 'A Pentecostal man can call back a dead soul to a body? If this is real, then we all will become Christians.’ And they were shouting.

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