Leprosy – Jesus Does it Again!

Dr.  Abigail is a medical doctor serving as a missionary in a remote jungle in a developing country.  She recently spent a week in a village where the bush people rarely have an opportunity to see a doctor.

There were many people with leprosy but she only had a few drugs for leprosy at her disposal.  She began praying about what to do and how to ration the drugs. Should she use the drugs on a few patients—only the most severe? Or perhaps she should not start any new patients on treatment until more supply is available.

As she prayed asking for God’s direction, she remembered the story of the feeding of the 5000.  Jesus had taken five loaves and two fish and fed everyone! She felt the Lord leading her to do the same!

She announced to her assistants that they would trust God to provide. They would treat every leprosy patient until the drugs ran out.

They did just that—and they treated every last patient! By the end of the week, there was enough medication left over to treat six additional patients when the need arises!

  • “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.  “Bring them here to me,” he said.  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.     Matthew 14: 17-21
  • Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.     Hebrews 13:8
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Why is Good Friday Good?

It was Easter week and I was fishing off the pier with our eight-year-old grandson. We untangled the lines, baited the hooks, then sat on the bench to wait for a catch.  I’m thinking to myself, “This is going to be a long morning.”

Then…  “Isn’t this fun Grandma?  I mean, even if we don’t catch anything, it’s just fun, isn’t it!”

“It sure is, Brad!  But the best part is being with you!  Tell me something. Do you know what day tomorrow is?”

“It’s Good Friday, Grandma. It’s the day we remember Jesus died on the cross.”

“That’s right!  But if it’s the day Jesus died, then why is it called GOOD?”

“It’s good Grandma, because Jesus died for our sins so that someday we can go to heaven. If He had never died for us, then we would still be in our sins—and we’d go to hell!”

“You are absolutely right, Brad!  I’m glad you know this. God has given you parents who love you enough to teach you the most important story in the history of the world.”

Just then I noticed a seagull walking toward our small bait bucket.

“Brad!  Quick!  Put the lid on the bucket! That seagull is after our bait!”

Brad scrambled to secure the lid. Whew!  That was close.

Then, “Grandma! The seagull is still walking toward the bait bucket.”

“It’s okay, Brad.  The lid is tight.”

“GRANDMA!  OUR BAIT!”

We watched in shocking disbelief as the seagull flew high in the sky carrying off our bucket of bait—in his beak!

  • Teach [God’s Words] to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.             Deuteronomy 11:18-19
  • God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.    2 Corinthians 5:21
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Former Hindu Loves Jesus!

I’ve been mentoring a 26-year-old man in India via Global Media Outreach: www.globalmediaoutreach.com/.  He’s a former Hindu, who now loves the Lord Jesus.     He recently completed the online Bible study that GMO offers.

He told me he is grateful that God has forgiven his sins and has given him a peace that he’s never before known.  He told me he wants to share Jesus with his friends. He wants them to be saved from the penalty of their sins and also know this peace.  Yet he cannot do it.

I asked, “Why not? Is it dangerous?”

“No, I live in the south of India where there is much freedom. My problem is I don’t know enough about the Bible because I’m still a new Christian.”

I said, “You can tell your friends that you are a new Christian and you still don’t know much about the Bible, but you do know that Jesus has forgiven your sins and has given you peace.”

The next day he wrote, “I did it! I told my friends that I don’t know much about the Bible because I’m still a new Christian. But I do know Jesus has forgiven my sins and has given me peace.  They were happy for me and asked me questions I could answer!  I am happy I had the boldness to tell them about Christ.”

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A Man Sitting on the Sand

I was walking on the beach and met a man sitting on the sand with his baby.  Juan was waiting for his wife and kids while they played in the surf.

I admired his baby and then visited with him for awhile. Finally I asked if he had a faith background.

He said he would feel like a hypocrite if he went to church, because he’s done a lot of bad things in his life.

I told him that people don’t go to church because they deserve to go, but because they need to go.  The Bible tells us we are all sinners, we all need a Savior—and there is only One.

He listened and asked questions.  I could see his relief as he began to recognize that perhaps there WAS hope.  He was interested in the tracts I had in my big pocket and said he’d like to share them with his wife.  He gave me his email address so I could send him some Christian websites.   One I later sent him is: www.godlife.com .  Another one is www.whoisjesus-really.com .

He said he lived in North Hollywood.  Could I recommend a good church for him there?      I did an online search and found what I thought would be a good one for them.

I don’t believe it was an accident that we just happened to meet on the beach.  Rather, it was a divine appointment.

“Thank You, Lord, for directing me to stop and talk with Juan. Thank You for touching his heart and giving him a desire to find a church with his family.  What Joy!

  • Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.    John 3:36
  • Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.     John 1:12 
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May I See the Custodian?

Did you know?  In a good church that teaches from the Bible, it’s not just the pastor who has a strong faith in God. The other workers, even the custodians are committed to Jesus Christ.

One late afternoon a man walked into a church office asking to see the pastor.
The secretary told him the pastor had already left for the day.  Would he like to schedule an appointment?

The man explained that his wife left him and had taken the kids.  He was depressed and desperate for answers.  Then he asked permission to quietly sit in the sanctuary for a few minutes.

The custodian was working in the sanctuary when he noticed the man enter.  He gave a friendly wave and smiled from a distance. The man sat quietly for awhile.  Finally the custodian went over and asked if he could sit with him. The man nodded and they sat quietly together.

Little by little the man began to tell his sad story while the custodian listened.  He didn’t have answers, but he did tell him about the love of Jesus.  He said, “You’re going through a crisis and I believe that a crisis never leaves us where it finds us. We either pull away from God or we draw nearer to Him. I believe you are here because God is drawing you to Himself.”

The next day the man returned to the church. The secretary asked if he’d like to see the pastor.  He said, “No thank you.  But if it’s possible, may I see the custodian?  He was a great encouragement to me yesterday.”

  •  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.     Colossians 3:12
  • No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.    John 6:44

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My Mother’s Dying

A middle-aged man approached our Bible table at the beach. Said his name was Raymundo and he’d noticed our PRAYER sign. “Would you pray for my mother?  She’s dying of cancer.”

I asked, “Does she have a faith background?”                                                                             “She was raised Catholic but she hasn’t been inside a church in years.”

We immediately gathered around him and prayed for his mother.  When we finished he wiped his eyes. “I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I’ve been so worried.”

I said, “Listen, Raymundo, we are nothing on our own. We simply approach God the Father through Jesus Christ and present our requests. It’s now in God’s hands. I think your mother is blessed to have a son who loves her as you do.  May I ask you a personal question?”   He nodded.

“If you were to die today, do you know where you’d go?”
“Truthfully, I don’t.  I do believe in God, but that’s all.”

I invited him to sit with me on a nearby bench. “Raymundo, do you know why Jesus Christ came to earth?”

“To die for us?”

“That’s right!  Jesus said, ‘I came to seek and to save the lost.’  The Bible tells us we are all lost because we are all sinners and deserve hell. Do you believe that’s true?”

He said, “I do—and I know I’m a sinner!”

“Would you like to know how to receive God’s forgiveness and be saved so you will know you’re going to heaven?”  He nodded.

“Jesus has paid for your salvation already. All you need to do is receive that free gift and be willing to turn away from your sins and follow Him. Is this something you want to do?”

“Yes it is.”

As a strong wind picked up he prayed from his heart right on the beach promenade. Through tears he asked God to forgive his sins and to give him the power to turn away from future sin.

“Raymundo, you’ve not only received Jesus Christ’s forgiveness, you have also received the Holy Spirit’s power so that you will now have the desire and the ability to resist future sin. It’s your choice to exercise that power.”  I invited him to church and suggested he get himself baptized.

Before he left I gave him a booklet by Bill Bright called Would You Like to Know God Personally?   https://www.cru.org/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html    I suggested he go through it with his mother so that she too can have the assurance salvation.

He walked away happy, grateful and eager to share the good news with his mother.

  •  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7
  • I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.   1 John 5:13
  • For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”    Luke 19:10
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A Man’s Love for His Wife

It has been said that a man’s love for his wife can be seen in his tenderness toward her.

We were sitting by the lake enjoying the surrounding beauty.  Nearby was a young family with four children. The dad was playing in the water with the younger three while his pregnant wife was wading along the shore with their oldest son, about 11.

Suddenly the oldest son had an idea.  He wanted to row his mother out on the lake in the rowboat.  We watched them set out—he rowing his mother while his dad waved goodbye. When they reached the center of the lake we noticed the boy stand up and dive in the water. He then began swimming back to shore leaving his pregnant mother alone in the boat!

She picked up the oars and began rowing.  Her husband saw what happened and I overheard him tell their daughter to watch the two younger ones.  He dived in and swam out to the boat and pushed it to shore.

Perhaps his wife would have been fine rowing the boat back to shore herself.  But her husband was taking no chances. She smiled at him as he gently took her hand and helped her out of the boat.  I thought to myself, “What a sweet picture of a man’s tenderness toward his wife.”

Nor did I hear him scold the oldest son for abandoning his mother.  But I did see him talk privately with his son while the boy nodded apologetically.

Later we noticed the family praying together before eating their picnic lunch.
I thought to myself, “There’s a man who loves his wife and honors God.  How blessed they are!

  •  Husbands, love your wives,  just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.      Ephesians 5:25
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Enemies in County Jail

One night I was doing Bible study with two men in county jail who were enemies.

They were in the medical unit,  as one had a broken leg and the other diabetes. They lived four cells apart.  I’d spend time with each of them separately, studying the Bible and praying with them through the small pass-through opening in their doors.

The deputy on duty said, “I don’t get it. Those two ask for Bible study, yet they hate each other. You should hear them!  All day long they curse, shout and argue with each other.”

I talked with Clarence first:  “This is not God’s way.  Jesus said that if you don’t forgive others for their wrongs, then you can’t expect God to forgive you.  Are you pretending to love Jesus or is it real?”

He said, “It’s real.”

“Then you need to love your brother. You need to forgive him and you need to ask him to forgive you. As a true believer, the Holy Spirit has given you self-control. You need to exercise that self-control. You must control your temper and stop the arguing.”

Then I went down the hall to Mike and told him the same thing.  Mike said, “OK, I’ll forgive him, if he’ll forgive me.”

I went back to Clarence and said, “Mike is sorry for the bad things he said to you. He is asking you to forgive him.”

Clarence said he’d forgive Mike. So I urged both of them to call down the hall and tell the other one you’re sorry.

Mike yelled, “Hey Clarence! I’m sorry, Man. Forgive me?”
Clarence yelled back, “Hey Bro! I forgive you. Will you forgive me?”
Mike yelled, “I forgive you! Thanks Bro!”
Both men were wiping away tears.

The deputy gave me a thumbs up as I left that night.

I walked to my car feeling overwhelmed with love for God. “Thank You Lord for making it so easy!”

  • But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.       Matthew 6:15
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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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