We very much appreciate the prayers of the saints and want to say thank you! When we woke up this morning we learned that hurricane Ian had been downgraded to a tropical storm in our area. Late last night and overnight we had tons of rain and heavy wind. It’s still raining and windy, but things have noticeably calmed down, and we haven’t lost power or water so far. 🙌🏻 We’ve been getting several “flash flood warnings” so I’m wondering what our neighborhood looks like out there. Again, thank you all for praying, and we’ll continue to pray for all affected by this storm. 🙏
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The following testimony was originally posted in 2007. I have done some minor editing and changed the title.
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One day, as I left my house to go shopping, I noticed one of my elderly neighbors sitting on his stoop. My husband and I had distributed gospel literature in our neighborhood, but had not yet witnessed to this neighbor. As I came out of my house and saw my neighbor, I had a strong prompting to share the Gospel with him. Instead of obeying the Holy Spirit‘s prompting, I said a quick hello and went on my way. I don’t know why I did that. I may have been feeling shy, or maybe a bit intimidated, I’m not sure. This neighbor was someone who we would often greet in passing, but we really didn’t know him very well. He wasn’t too friendly either, but I felt compassion for him and had been praying for his salvation.
A short time after that happened, I had a dream …
I dreamt that this same neighbor was in the hospital. I knew that I hadn’t shared the Gospel with him, and that I needed to go to the hospital and do that. There was an urgency, as if this would be the last opportunity to do so. Also, in the dream, he was looking at our Gospel tracts with a happy and approving expression on his face. That’s pretty much how the dream went.
When I woke up, I wondered a moment about this strange dream. But it was the day of my sister-in-law’s wedding day so I was busy, and before long I completely forgot about the dream. Later in the day my husband went to get his brother at the bus station. His brother lived out of town and had come in for the wedding. As they came into the house my husband said he just learned that one of our neighbors was seriously ill and in the hospital. The neighbor had cancer, and was having emergency surgery that very day. It was the same neighbor that I had dreamt about the night before!
I wanted to drop everything and run to the hospital to witness and pray for this man. I thought to myself, how am I going to do that. I told my husband about the dream, and he responded by saying that we needed to go to the hospital right away! I was so relieved. A Christian friend was visiting that day, so before we left we all prayed together. We asked the Lord to give us time alone with our neighbor so that we could share the gospel with him without hindrance.
When we got to the hospital we couldn’t locate the room he was in. This was because the transition from the recovery room to his hospital room was very recent. We waited, and when we finally found ourselves in his room he was sound asleep. We saw someone’s coat and book in the room, probably the belongings of his wife who had gone out for a moment. So there we were, in the room with our neighbor who had just come out of surgery. He was sound asleep. My husband and I looked at each other and started to wonder if we should even be there. We wondered if he would be angry if he woke up and saw us there. We didn’t think we should wake him up, we didn’t know what to do. Just then a cheery nurse walked into the room and said to her patient, “wake up, you have company.” Our neighbor woke up and looked at us. Then he said “God sent you here.” We were shocked! We thought so, and we were sure glad he thought so too!
While we were there, for that short visit, we shared the Gospel with him. We told him he needed to be born again. He told us something about “St. Lucy” helping him. We told him that “St. Lucy” couldn’t help him, only Jesus could, and that he needed to trust only Jesus, no one else. He was willing to pray with us, so we prayed with him. He cried and thanked us for coming. He was very grateful. We went back home rejoicing and got ready for the wedding.
Our neighbor, Mr. D., went home to recuperate, but we never had the opportunity to see him again after that hospital visit. A few months later he died from his illness.
Not every dream is from the Lord, probably most aren’t. I do believe this dream was of God. (It came to pass, and it did not in any way contradict the Bible, Deuteronomy chapters 13 & 18). Our neighbor heard the Gospel, and he was happy to hear it. When we shared the Gospel with him he did not resist, he listened and prayed with tears. This is just one of many a death bed ministry that the Lord has called us to, and it is always a blessing and a wonder to be used by the Lord in such a way.
THE BROWN RUG
It was in early 2000 that we decided we wanted to sell our home and move to a different location. When the realtor and his son (they were a team, they were Christians, and they were a real blessing to us) came to appraise our home they were pleased with the upgrades we had done and the way the house looked, except for one thing, the dark brown rug! They thought it would hinder the sale of the house. (There was a season in my life that I just loved dark brown rugs. 🤦♀️ Thankfully that has passed. 🙂) When the realtors told us that, I responded by telling them that the Lord would send a buyer who loved dark brown rugs. 🙂 Well not too long after that, the house did sell, and we had an opportunity to chat with the buyer for a few minutes. During our short conversation the lady commented on the dark brown rug and how much she loved it! I was so blessed by the Lord’s faithfulness, and how He is involved in every aspect of our lives! 🙌
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
I love telling my grandchildren this testimony.
Psalm 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
A Time to Pray
On this sunny autumn day, I took a walk down to an old familiar sycamore tree that I’ve always loved. Over the years I have often sat alone under …A Time to Pray
CRACKDOWN ON CHRISTIANITY ESCALATES IN CHINA
The article below will help us to pray fervently for the persecuted church, those we know about and those that are hidden from our eyes. I pray that the Lord will strengthen our own hearts to stand for Him when persecution comes our way, as it surely will.
Excerpt: “As more government officials in China are empowered to close churches and a ‘social credit’ system threatens to block Christians from schools, bank loans and jobs, authorities have taken harsh measures against more churches, sources said.”
CRACKDOWN ON CHRISTIANITY ESCALATES IN CHINA
James 5:16 …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.