Saturday, September 26, 2009

Becky's Memories of our Dad's Ministry

One of the things our dad did was include all the family in his ministry, especially when it was to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. Each of us have unique moments when we remember his faithfulness to the Lord, and passion to see folks born again into the family of God. The scriptures tell us that the Lord gave to the church, evangelist. Yes, we are all to do the work of an evangelist, but called to be an evangelist is of the Lord. My sister Becky, who has a great penchant for detail, remembers seeing how excited dad would get to witness for the Lord and lead someone to the Lord Jesus Christ. Here's one account from her memory:

I never knew Dad to shy away from talking about the Lord. He always prayed for the Lord to send him someone to witness to. His heart was willing and expectant so that when the opportunity presented itself he was ready. One time when I picked him up at the airport he was so excited. He took me by the arm and led me toward a lady as he was telling me what happened on the airplane. He had prayed to be used that day and he led the lady seated next to him to the Lord. I can't recall her situation but it was a divine appointment for certain.

When we reached the lady, he introduced us and asked her to share how the Lord revealed himself to her. She said she was searching for the Lord but didn't know how to go about it. When she found out Dad was a minister she started asking him questions and then she accepted Jesus as her Savior.

Dad's testimony is profound. The Bible says many are called but few are chosen. Dad's ministry to prisoners and the down-and-outers at rescue missions has reached thousands for Christ and the ripple-effect continues. God has received the glory, Dad did not seek glory for himself. Like he always stated in his testimony, he didn't tell it to boast about the sin but to bring glory to the One who brought him out of it. His life was a shining witness for Jesus.