Photos from the evening meetings
held at our church
Nov. 11-13th 2011I read this story sometime back and wanted to share it with my readers . Who could tell it better than than Joni Eareckson Tada.
He was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak
in him, yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you. --II Corinthians
Back in 1967, missionary Doug Nichols fell ill while serving in India, and had to
spend several months in a dingy tuberculosis sanitarium. While there, he tried to
give Gospel tracts to the patients and doctors, but no one would accept them. Understandably,
Doug became discouraged. He was sick, weak, lonely, and disappointed no one would
listen to him
One night around 2:00 a.m., Doug woke up coughing. Across the aisle, he noticed
an old man trying to get out of bed and get to the bathroom. Too weak to stand,
the man fell back into bed crying and exhausted. Although sick himself and as weak
as he had ever been, Doug got out of bed, and with a smile, placed one arm under
the patient's neck and the other under his legs. With all his strength he lifted
the man and carried him down the hall to the filthy, smelly washroom. Then the missionary
carried him back to his bed. The old man smiled and said the Indian word for "thanks."
What happened the next morning was amazing. One of the other patients woke Doug
up with a steaming cup of tea, making motions that he wanted a Gospel tract. Then
other patients asked for the booklets. Even nurses and a doctor asked for one. Over
the next few days, several patients and staff gave their lives to Christ. The whole
situation changed because of Doug's sacrificial act in the middle of the night.
The power of the Good News is released in your life when you allow your weaknesses
to showcase the awesome might and love of our Savior. Plan on doing that today.
Father, I confess that I pass by opportunities to help others in the name of Jesus
because I just don't want to get involved, or don't want to get my hands dirty.
Move me, by your Spirit, to reach beyond my own strength.
People don 't want to merely hear about Jesus, or the gospel being preached to them, they want to see Jesus in our lives - His message translated into our daily lives.
An evangelist once visited a remote hamlet in South India to share the Gospel there. A crowd gathered around him and he started telling them about the love, compassion and miracles of Jesus. Towards the end he asked his audience , Do you know this man Jesus Christ? Have you heard of Him?"
A man jumped up in the middle of the group.
"But sir we know this man you are talking about. He visits us frequently." he said.
Upon investigating further the evangelist found out that a preacher came each week to share the love of Christ in that village. The simple rustic folk had seen Christ in him.