Whilst visiting our partner missionaries at Chitokoloki recently, we were thrilled to hear this story from Gordon Hanna, the administrator there, and asked to share it with you all. Here it is as Gordon tells it:
The month of October was spent mostly away from Chitokoloki. Towards the end of the month, while I was travelling, I received word, via email, that a man who had visited Chitokoloki on three occasions was diagnosed with cancer of the lungs and liver, that he was hospitalized in Annapolis, USA and was not doing very well. He was the main principal in the company who are building a water turbine for us. While here at Chitokoloki he had admitted that he was not a Christian: he was not ready to meet God and he asked for a Bible.
After receiving the news of his poor health, I wrote his wife and expressed my concern about his soul’s welfare then casually offered to go and see him if he would like me to. Much to my surprise she replied that, when he was told of my offer, he was overwhelmed and replied that it was a long way to come. Before I reached home, his wife wrote again that I should not come, as she thought that he would be gone before I could arrive. Upon my arrival back to Chitokoloki after a long 10 hour drive, I was still not sure what I should do. I was very tired, had been away a long time and had a lot of things to do. It was a long way to go and expensive and, in reality, I did not want to do it, but my wife Ruth then said,
“Well, the Lord came a lot further and paid a lot more!”
So 4 hours later I had a booking on a flight and, in less than 48 hours, I was on my way. I travelled through Amsterdam to Washington and prayed that I would arrive in time.
I was able to spend 2½ days visiting with him in the hospital. I read some verses, prayed and shared God’s way of salvation. I was not sure how much he took in, but when I asked him if God were to ask him why He should let him into Heaven, he replied, “I would tell Him that His Son, the Lord Jesus, died for my sins so I am saved”.
The following day, as I was leaving, he assured me that the trip was very much worthwhile and wept as I left. Before I arrived back at Chitokoloki I received word that he had died. I trust that he really took in what he heard and am amazed at the goodness of God that, even at the end of a life which had ignored Him for those many years, yet still he is merciful.
Jesus answered him," I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise".Luke 23 v 43
Flying Mission Zambia serves those who serve rural Zambia and we rejoice when we hear that our partners are effectively sharing the Good News of God’s grace with others