Stranded in the Jungle

My husband Dan accompanied me and Dixie on a mission trip to Central America. Our purpose was to do evangelism, teach two weeks of English and hold down the fort at a Christian seminary, while the headmaster visited family in the U.S.

After the first week Dan offered to take us for a Saturday drive in the countryside.  We were on a lonely road in a remote part of the jungle when our rental car had a blow-out! Stranded with no AAA, mobile phone or GPS, there was nothing we could do but wait and pray for a Good Samaritan.

Within 15 minutes the first vehicle was spotted in the distance.  A pick-up truck carrying axes and shovels pulled to a stop. Three big men with dreadlocks stepped out. Dixie and I immediately went to prayer while Dan bravely went to talk with them.

Then… What were they doing? They were jacking up our car!  Changing our tire! Afterward Dan gave them a generous tip while I grabbed three Bibles from our box and gave one to each.

They were delighted! It turned out they were followers of Jesus and began praising God when they saw the Bibles!

We drove away praising the Lord as well, and praying God’s favor on those dear men.

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Foreign Students at the Beach

While walking on the beach I met six foreign exchange students from Taiwan.  They were taking a break from volleyball,  so I asked them a few questions about their experience in the U.S.

They were having a wonderful time and seemed happy to meet another friendly American. All six gathered around me with big smiles, eager to practice their English.

We talked a few minutes before I asked them if they followed a religion.
Perhaps they didn’t understand me, because they all said, “No.”
I asked if they were Buddhists. They said “No.”
“Are you Taoists?” They said “No.”

Then one of them made a cross with his fingers.

I asked, “You are Christians? You follow Jesus?”

They all smiled excitedly saying, “Yes! Yes!”

They seemed THRILLED to know that I was a Christian too.  I reached into my big pocket and pulled out a bunch of Christian comic book tracts.  They started reading them aloud and were so excited!  They asked if I had more so they could share them with friends!        I did!  What joy! What fun!

“Thank You Lord, for another opportunity to share Your love.”

  •  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

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Too Young for Communion?

It was Communion Sunday and again our five-year-old daughter was asking to partake of the bread and grape juice. I had put her off for months because of her age, but perhaps today it was time.

After all, I reasoned:
She had prayed to receive Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord.
She had asked forgiveness for her sins.
She had a mature understanding of the importance of keeping God at the forefront of her life.

I was careful to explain the important symbolism of the elements:
The bread reminds us of Jesus’ body that died on the cross for our sins.
The juice reminds us of His blood that was shed for us.

She seemed to understand and when the time came she prayerfully partook of the bread. When the grape juice was passed she hesitated before choosing one.

Instead of partaking with the rest of the congregation, she held it for a long time, only touching it to her lips.  I allowed her to nurse it for a while before asking,                                  “Is there something wrong?”                                                                                                           “No,” she whispered.                                                                                                                           “Why are you taking so long?”                                                                                                           “It tastes like blood.”

  •  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.      Matthew 19:14
  •  Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?      1 Corinthians 10:16
  • SONG: JOHN 3:16 – 18; Music by Kathleen 

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University Life

When Greg completed his second year in the university dorm,  he decided that having Christian roommates made it too easy to be a Christian.  He wanted to be more effective for Christ.  He decided that next year he would let God choose his roommates!

The next fall he was assigned a campus apartment with three guys he’d never met. We visited one weekend and picked him up for church on Sunday morning.  His front door was ajar.  I tapped on it and the door opened to a living room covered with sleeping students and empty booze bottles.  I stepped around them, walked up the stairs and knocked on Greg’s door.

“Come in!”  Greg was sitting up in bed reading his Bible.  In the next bed a young couple peeked out from under the blankets. “Oh! You’re here! I’ll be down in a sec!”

Once in the car my only comment about the situation was, “If Sebastian wants to have his girlfriend spend the night, you need to insist on school rules: ‘No girls overnight in guys’ rooms.'”

When we returned home I wrote Greg a note short to encourage him. I included two Bible verses. The first was 2 Thessalonians 3:6 “We command you, brothers,  in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life…”  I wrote, “Greg, I believe you are serving God just as much as any missionary overseas.  You are allowing God to use you, while keeping yourself apart from the others. This is not easy, but it is good. I am praying for you and I believe God has big plans for you.”

The second verse I used was Psalm 119:165:  “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”  I wrote, “You are not going to weaken, Greg.  You love God’s Word and God will keep you strong.”

BTW,  Greg talked with Sebastian after we left.  That very afternoon Sebastian and his girlfriend moved their bed downstairs.

  • Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165
  • In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.    2 Thessalonians 3:6
  • The above experience prompted me to write this song using 2 Thess 3:6 and Psalms 119:  “Seven Times a Day”

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Prisoners in Lockdown

One evening at the jail I discovered the prisoners in the women’s unit were in lockdown because of disorderly conduct. Those wanting a Bible study would not be permitted out of their cells.

So I asked the guard if I might speak to all of them while they were inside their cells. She turned on their speakers and asked if anyone was interested in learning about Jesus.  We quickly heard two YES responses from each cell!

There were 12 upper cells and 12 lower cells, each with two inmates. Each cell had a steel door with a small window. Faces appeared at every window while I stood in the middle of the day room and introduced myself.  Then I introduced Jesus Christ.

I explained that He loves each of them very much. “There is nothing you have ever done that God does not want to forgive. That is why Jesus came—to live a sinless life so that He could become the perfect sacrifice to pay for the sins of the world. When He hung on the cross, your sins and mine were poured into Him. Three days later He arose from the dead proving His deity and showing us He lives again—and so can we.  Today each one of us can receive forgiveness for our sins so that someday we can freely enter heaven.”

I told them about the two roads in life from Matthew 7:13-14. “We’re all on that wide road that leads to destruction because we are all sinners. We all need a Savior and there’s only One.

“When we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, it is more than a prayer. We must be willing to turn away from our sins. We must be willing to get off the wide road and get onto the narrow road and follow Jesus.  There must be change or it’s not real.

“Yet we are powerless to change and turn away from our sin without the Holy Spirit.  When we surrender our lives to Christ, that is when we receive the Holy Spirit who then supplies us with the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  All followers of Jesus have the power to turn away from sin. Why is that?  It’s because ALL followers of Jesus have the fruit of the spirit available to them, they just need to exercise it.”

When I finished the presentation I gave them an invitation to get off the wide road of sin and get on the narrow road to follow Jesus. What a thrill for me to hear the voices of many women on both the upper and lower levels pray aloud to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ.

A few months later I was meeting with a group of prisoners when one said, “Wait!  I recognize your voice!  Awhile back someone talked to all the women in their cells.  It was you!  I gave my life to Jesus that night. You talked about getting off the wide road and getting on the narrow road; that there had to be change if it was real.  I can tell you now that Jesus IS real!  He has changed my life!  Thank you for coming.”

Her sweet testimony made me teary-eyed. “Thank You precious Jesus for allowing me to serve You in this way. I too know You are real. Thank You for changing my life. Thank You for changing hers.”

  •  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
  •  Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.      Matthew 7:13-14
  • SONG: Only One Life – Author C.T. Studd, circa 1900; Music by Kathleen

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University Student Finds Jesus

One November evening Alfred returned to his university apartment to discover one of his apartment-mates sitting on his bed.  He was reading Alfred’s Bible!

Jeff had questions and they stayed up late discussing God and the Bible.  Alfred then invited Jeff to come with him to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  Two days later they went together.  Jeff began attending Alfred’s small group Bible study and little by little Jeff’s life began to change.

At the end of the school year Alfred’s sister, also a member of IV, shared a story with me. She said at the last meeting of the year anyone who has experienced God in a profound way, can come up and share.  Jeff came forward and spoke before 700 InterVarsity students.

He said, “Last November I was going through a severe depression.  Yet I had one roommate who was different.  He was happy and seemed to have it all together.   One night when he was out I went into his room and discovered he had some Christian books and also a Bible.  I was reading his Bible when he came in. We talked until late and that night he offered to pray with me and I felt encouraged.

Earlier that day I had decided the solution for my desperation was suicide. Alfred doesn’t know it, but he saved my life that night.  I want to thank God for using my roommate to introduce me to Christ and to this Christian fellowship. This year I have found God’s purpose for my life, His peace and joy.”

  • For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.     Ephesians 2:10
  •  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!     2 Corinthians 5:17

 

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I Can’t Forgive My Parents!

I was visiting with a sick, elderly friend. I never knew her to be a follower of Jesus,  yet she expected to go to heaven someday.  She told me the two people she did not look forward to seeing in heaven were her parents!  “They were abusive and unloving.  I hated them when they were alive. I can’t forgive them!”

Wow! What strong language!  I asked if she knew how they were raised.  She didn’t.  I suggested that perhaps they both grew up in difficult circumstances and then raised their children the only way they knew.  I reminded her that Jesus once said we must forgive others, if we want God to forgive us.

She held firm—she would not forgive them.

I asked, “How long do you think heaven will last?”                                                                       “Forever.”                                                                                                                                              “And how long do you think this life will last?”                                                                               “Not much longer now.”                                                                                                                      “Then your parents must be very important to you.”                                                                   “No they’re not!”                                                                                                                                     “I think they are.  If you are willing to risk giving up eternity in heaven because of them, then they are VERY important to you.”

She teared up,  “What should I do?”

“Jesus loves you.  He died for you. He wants you to be with Him in heaven someday.  He knows all the hurts and heartaches of your past. He knows it all. He also knows how difficult this is for you.  First you need to ask Him to forgive you for all your sins and to be your Savior. When you do that, you will receive God’s Holy Spirit and forgiving your parents will become easier.

“If you still have trouble forgiving them,  ask God to help you.  He will help you do it.  Once you forgive your parents you will then experience God’s peace, joy and love.  Would you like me to pray with you?”   She nodded.

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Church at the Assisted Living Facility

I did a Sunday afternoon church service for a local assisted living facility.  Two friends came along to help. I had my guitar so we could do some simple worship songs.

This establishment has some residents who are memory impaired. Only a few were singing along, while others watched with empty stares.  I decided to switch from hymns to the simple songs we do for children’s Sunday school.  Suddenly they seemed to come alive!  Several even participated in doing the hand motions to the songs!

We spent some time just talking with those who could talk and learning a little about their lives. One elderly woman kept watching the door for her mother whom she believed was coming soon.   Suddenly I recognized the woman next to her!

Darla!  It’s me, Kathleen!  How good to see you!”  Blank stare.  No recognition and then her gaze fell to the floor.

Darla was an older friend whom I remember well as being active in civic affairs and the president of a community organization.  She was not one to be interested in Bible study or God.  “There is plenty of time for that sort of thing later in life.”

I shared a simple message from the Bible and prayed with them.  I gave an opportunity to pray for those who had never before given their lives to Jesus and received His forgiveness.  Darla did not appear to comprehend any of it.  She quietly picked at the imaginary lint on her shirt or stared at nothing in particular.

I went away feeling sad for her.  I know that sometimes these patients have brief moments of clarity and clear thinking.  Next time I go I will pray that God will give her such a moment so she can recognize her need for the Savior and receive Jesus.

  • For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.                                                                                                                          2 Corinthians 6:2
  • SONG: INTO THE LIGHTBy Kathleen  
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It’s in the Bible? It MUST Be True!

I was 15-years-old when I noticed a truck parked on the street with a large Bible verse written across the side.  It said, “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.  1 Timothy 2:5.”

I read that verse and I thought about it—and I thought about it for years!                            It’s in the Bible?  It MUST be true!

Yet in our church we didn’t study the Bible.  Why not?  Shouldn’t we know God’s Word? We prayed to mediators more than we prayed to God!  I began to question the religion of my heritage.

That verse continued to haunt me until I attended my first Bible study as a young adult.  It was then I learned that not only was Jesus Christ the only mediator,  I learned there was no place I had to go after death to pay for my sins! When Jesus went to the cross He paid for ALL my sins!  No further payment or purification was necessary!

I couldn’t believe my ears!  I had needlessly lived in fear of the pain and suffering I would someday endure in order to be cleansed from my sins after my death.  Suddenly I wanted to jump up and down and shout the good news!  I just could not understand why other people with this same information were not sharing the good news themselves!    This was GREAT News!

Then I read in Luke 23:39-43, the story of the thieves being crucified next to Jesus.  One of them hurled insults at Jesus, while the other thief rebuked that man for not fearing God.

“We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.  But this man has done nothing wrong.”   Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Was that criminal worthy of paradise?  Had he joined a church? Been baptized?  On the contrary, he was notorious for his evil deeds!  Yet Jesus promised him paradise!

It was his faith that saved him!  Moreover, the thief didn’t need a mediator.  He went directly to Jesus!

  • For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.       Ephesians 2:8-9
  • SONG: DEAR LORD OF LORDS – By Kathleen

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He Applied to Med School – But Why?

David’s deep desire had always been to serve God on the mission field.  He applied to med school. But why?

It was exactly four years since high school graduation.  Now in four days, he would graduate from the university. He’d opted not to walk with his class, but to receive his diploma by mail.  Why? Today he was boarding a plane and heading to the University of Guadalajara to study Spanish by immersion for ten weeks. He would live with a Mexican family that would only converse with him in Spanish.

His parting words were “Mom, what if I’m accepted to med school?  I don’t even know if that’s what I want!”

His mom just said,  “Pray!”

David had been in Guadalajara a week when he wrote that he missed having Christian fellowship. “Could you call some churches and ask if anyone knows any Christian missionaries down here?”

His mother prayed, made calls and was able to find a pastor who knew of a missionary nurse.  Not exactly what they were looking for.  Or was it?

The very next day David called with a high fever and earache. That very nurse drove him to the hospital, a hospital run by the Southern Baptist Convention!  Inspirational music played over the sound system. Framed Bible verses hung on the walls.  There was even a Christian bookstore in the lobby!

David was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum and told to return daily for treatments. After three days he asked if they could use a volunteer.  He explained that he’d applied to medical school and was waiting for acceptance.  Although he had Spanish class every morning, he was free in the afternoons. He prayed this might be God’s will.

The answer was YES!  David could work alongside their own medical students, between 1 – 9 PM daily.  He went on ambulance runs, helped in the Emergency Department  and later the Operating Room.  He helped get patients into wheelchairs.  Sometimes they’d ask for prayer and there were opportunities to share the Lord.  He soon discovered there WAS ministry in medicine.

Before he departed Guadalajara he learned of his acceptance to med school.                     Today he is serving God in medicine.

  •  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.      1 Peter 4:10
  • Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.   Colossians 4:2

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