It took a while for the 34 congregants to trickle into the church through a side entrance. A few minutes into the first message, the main doors swung open. A motorcyclist rode in. My audience remained calm as the rider skillfully made his way to the rear pew. My attention was soon drawn to his passenger: a woman in her mid 40s that was crippled in both legs. Polio, I think. Paul & Stephanie Whitney had arranged for her ride. Her disability was no reason to miss the meeting. She was soon lifted off the bike and onto a seat.
During the 1 p.m. break, I got word that a lady in her early 20s was quite agitated. At first I thought my message had offended her. She had walked in when I was sharing from Colossians 1:13 “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” I had gone on to share how one can be transferred into the kingdom of light but continue to live like a child of the kingdom of darkness if one was not discipled. I had also related how a fan of an athlete can do everything an athlete does but never get a price. To win a race, one must be enrolled in it and run according to the rules. Mary could identify with the fan of the athlete and was agitated because she knew she needed to “enroll in the race” and there seemed to be no one to show her how. Moments later Stephanie led her to Christ.
As we walked the 500 meters back to the Whitney’s house, Mary’s husband met us on the road and invited us to go in and bless his family. He had come to Christ a month earlier through a study led by Paul. I was glad to pray and ask the Lord to bless them. Tears welled up in my eyes as we walked away. I could not reconcile the joy in their hearts and the poverty they lived in. I could not see how she could come to Christ when the message I had shared in broken Swahili had been unclear—even to me! The scripture is true when it says “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
- For Mary to grow with respect to her salvation as she studies the scriptures with Stephanie
- Thanking God for His grace during our visit.
- Thanking the Lord for the way He cares for His people through the Whitneys.
We returned from the 820 km round trip tired but refreshed.
Thanks for praying and partnering with us.
Stan & Patience Mukolwe