Hello, Dear Readers –
LA Mission Team
Mary Jane, Cathy, Karen, Sam and Hannah
On the flight from Charlotte to Denver, Sam (our team leader) sat on a row alone, with two of us seated behind him and two seated across the aisle. The seat beside him stayed vacant for quite
some time as the
plane filled up. A young man finally came searching for that seat. As we were traveling
to the airport, Sam told us that he planned to get some rest on this first flight.
The young man sat down and he and Sam exchanged pleasantries, and Sam prepared
to lean back and get comfortable. Once the young man found out Sam was involved
in Missions, the floodgate of questions opened and Sam politely answered them,
still set on resting during this flight. But the young man was so hungry and
thirsty for the truth of Jesus and the knowledge of Him that he kept Sam busy
and then prayed to accept Christ as His Savior somewhere between Charlotte and
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We all met in the airport waiting room when we debarked so all we Mommas could hug him and properly welcome him to the family.
Now here’s the rest of the story:
Wycliffe lives in Atlanta now but is originally from a village in Africa. Sam was in Wycliffe’s home village three weeks earlier as he partnered with a minister there to spread the news of Jesus.
Wycliffe wasn’t supposed to sit in that sit next to Sam. His seating assignment had been changed at the last minute “to accommodate another passenger with a special need.”
I had just finished reading the autobiography of William Cameron Townsend, the founder of the
Wycliffe Bible Translators, the week
before the trip. One portion talked about how some of the natives had shown
their gratitude to Townsend and his wife for all the many kindnesses they
performed in the villages by naming their children after them and their work. I
asked Wycliffe where he got his name and he replied, “From my grandfather.” As
soon as I heard Wycliffe’s name, I was struck that Wycliffe’s grandfather may
have been one of those babies. The time periods line up for it to be so.
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Was all of this coincidental? I don’t think so. I believe God let us see how He works. I believe God had been making a way for Wyclliffe to come to know Him for over three generations.
What lengths has God gone to so you would know and love Him? I’d love to hear your story in the comments.
Going out with joy today because God is at work all around us –