Vehicles are vital tools for missionaries in Africa. Roads are very tough here and workers have to spend a lot of time and money keeping their cars roadworthy for their ministries. So this story from Pilot Andy Kradolpher is a familiar one, except that it has a rather special ending. Read on to know more..
‘Now I like to tinker with cars, but about six months ago we started to experience a series of car troubles in Flying Mission Zambia that gave us quite some grief. We ended up having our car at the mechanic for more than a month. That meant I had to go to the local automotive parts shop quite often. So I started to dread all the car troubles. I could not understand God in all of this. I was spending too much of my time at the parts store. However, in that store I had the privilege of building a relationship with Fred*, one of the workers there.
The first few times, when I saw him, I was greeting him and just exchanging a few words. Then for some reason he was on my heart. I was in the store again to get parts and I greeted Fred and asked him how his wife is doing. The answer was shocking:
“I don’t know, I moved out”.
Fred has only been married for two years. I was devastated. To me, marriage has a high value; it is the cornerstone of a society. To my surprise, Fred totally opened up towards me and told me all about what is happening in his marriage. At that moment, it dawned on me that the reason why I was there that day, and the relationship I had built with Fred, was exactly for this time. My car problems were not for nothing. God wanted me to be there for Fred. Over 25 minutes of deep talk, I was able to encourage him to seek Christian counselling. I also told him that I will be praying for him. What was more, I was able to pray for him with his boss, a good Zambian friend of mine.
I felt blessed in this whole situation; moved that God is using me. Fred did seek professional Christian counselling. Now I hear that he and his wife have made good decisions and are back on track!
And it all started with car troubles…’
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
*Name has been changed to protect privacy.