Tragedies have a way of getting our attention and waking us up to things we didn’t take seriously beforehand. In Jo’s case, tragedy woke her up to the urgency of witnessing. She contacted the ministry and I sent her a parcel in England. She now knows how important it is for others to hear the gospel before they check out of this life. She shared her story with us in the following note:
You will remember that you kindly sent me a parcel of your material when I emailed that my husband had died on 22 February―just gone. I told you I could not say for sure whether he’s with the Lord, though he had heard the gospel. And that I wanted to ensure others heard the vital call in these dark days. I’m not so confident in stepping out, but I will give it my best shot!
My daughter and I went to register Peter’s death and to obtain the death certificate. I had a conversation with the lovely lady registrar during which I quipped, “So, you register life (births) and death? What do you think is on the other side?” She explained that there must be something, but she was just not sure. She had been “confirmed” into the Church of England and had read “bits” of the Bible, though not for a long time. I then asked her if she thought she was a good person, and she said, “Yes, I like to think so.” I took her through the Moral Law, God’s commandments, establishing that she, like me, had broken them and was in need of a Saviour. Then I gave her Jesus’s statement, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” and that no one can come to the Father but through Him. We talked a bit more and established that “confirmation” won’t do it, and going to Church won’t do it. Only a relationship with Him.
By this time, Caroline was getting pretty fidgety. We only have a certain time allocation, so I had to wrap it up. I asked her if this made sense. She said, “Thank you,” but I was feeling pretty much like I hadn’t been as clear as I could. However, this morning I was quite sure what I had to do. I wrote her a little note of appreciation for her kind and considerate dealings in taking us through the registration process, enclosed a copy of your book One Heartbeat Away, and delivered it on my way into Dorchester. Please pray that Caroline will accept the book, read it, and that the Lord Jesus will do what only He can do―bring her to the point where her name is registered in His Book of Life.
Until the nets are full, Mark (and I plan to get a lot more practice in “fishing”)!
There is an interesting man I met locally, “Captain Ken,” whom the Lord has brought to my mind. I witnessed to him, gave him your “What if” card, and we talked for quite a while. He gave me his business card. He is a maritime consultant in chemical tanker trade data, so the approach by me was very much to do with the hazardous nature if his work and the fragility of life. Suffice to say, I am contacting Captain Ken, and a copy of One Heartbeat Away will be delivered.
I have forwarded your latest excellent newsletter, JPT, to various folks (https://markcahill.org/jpt/) Pressing on, Mark, pressing on!!
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Every living soul is precious. They are special to us and special to the Lord. And He is willing to save every one of them, but they have to hear and believe the gospel first. And that’s the mission the Lord has entrusted to His church. Would you stand up and speak up so their souls can be redeemed?
Until the Nets are Full,
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