Richard could not think of a better 65th birthday gift than to team up with Rachel and friends at Tyrone Founders Day weekend and see thirty two people trust in Christ.
Rainy, cold and strong winds kept us from going out this morning on outreach during our weekend of ministry in Booneville, Arkansas.
But God brought Freda to our door. After giving her some soup and a sandwich, it was a joy to watch my OM colleague, Dick Griffin, lead her to the Lord.
I have written a short version of what I remember:
We walked slowly to the back of the brick village house extending our hello’s in Portughese, the language of Mozombique. Slowly a young girl emerged from the door and politely greeted us with a shy smile. Our team of three introduced ourselves and learned that her name was Christina. For a moment I didn’t know what to say or how to begin to speak with her. Suddenly, I noticed the One Wish writsband that I was wearing. Though I had never tried to use it before, I extended my hand to her and asked, ” Do you know what this picture is?”The local pastor who was with me translated her reply, “It’s a diamond.”
I said to her, “Do you know that you are a diamond?”
When she shook her head in bewilderment the door was wide open for me to share the love of God with her. After the story on my wristband was finished, I asked her if she wanted to become God’s child, and she nodded to me with tears in her eyes. I will never forget that prayer, for it was the most simple and precious one I have ever heard. I quickly slipped the band onto her wrist saying, “Never forget that you are God’s child and what He has done for you.”
In an instant I had gained a new sister, in this faraway country of Mozombique.
Thanks for the tools you have taught us, and I hope to meet you again one day. Have a merry Christmas! 😀