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Patience Ronald
Otford, United Kingdom | Jan 21 2013

 

In 1963 a young Indian man, Thomas Mathews, aged 19, boarded a train in Kerala, south India, headed for Delhi, a four day journey away. In his pocket was a one-way ticket bought for him by the principal of his Bible College. In Delhi someone else paid for him to travel on to Udaipur, Rajasthan. He was there because he had heard that Christians in north India were being persecuted for their faith and he wanted to share the gospel with the people. In Udaipur he knew no-one. He knew neither the language, nor the culture. He lived from day to day, walking from house to house, selling Christian literature to anyone interested. He was beaten and arrested, but he always saw God provide for him. After two years the first convert was baptized and the church slowly began to grow. After 10 years there was a church of around 70 and the ministry started to reach out into other regions. Today there are 700 people in the Udaipur congregation and 1500 churches around north India connected to the Udaipur church. (As told to Ronald Clements by Paul Mathews, Udaipur, 2011)
Peace Ronald
Otford, United Kingdom | Jan 17 2013

 

In the violence that followed the presidential elections in Kenya in December 2007, agitators from one of Kenya’s ethnic groups entered a mixed community and killed members of another group. The next day the men of this second group gathered in the market place determined to exact their revenge – not on the perpetrators of the violence but on their community neighbours who were from the same group as their attackers. The women and children were told to stay in their houses until the carnage was over. One of the Christian women in the community joined with a friend in prayer against what was about to happen. While she prayed she felt she must intervene, not just pray. So she stepped outside her house and went down to the market. There she challenged the men. ‘What do you think you are doing here? God has called us to be peacemakers. If blood is shed today, then more blood will be shed. Go to your homes – now. I will not move from here until everyone of you has gone.’ She looked into the faces of each of the men. One by one they returned home until she was left alone in the market. (As told to Ronald Clements by Gladys Mwiti, Nairobi, 2012)
Kindness RPC
Otford, United Kingdom | Jan 15 2013

 

The story posted by Cindy below reminds me of a time when my wife and I moved out to China in 1986 to study Mandarin. We had two small children, aged two and one, and our living conditions were very far from ideal. As students we were in the same accommodation as single students, two spartan rooms off a corridor with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Settling a family into this lifestyle was tough. China was still in the process of emerging from the Mao years; food was rationed and what was served in the university canteens was poor quality – inedible as far as we were concerned. On the second or third morning after our arrival I went down to the canteen and returned with nothing to eat. We had no food in our cupboard and had two hungry toddlers to feed. Then one of the foreign students, an American Christian, came to our room with a few apples and pears. It was a small gift but it was one of many small God-incidents that gave us the encouragement to keep going during our first few weeks in China.
Kindness Cindy
Chichester, United Kingdom | Dec 20 2012

 

When my husband and I first moved to England to start working at a Christian outdoor centre, we were living on whatever Christians donated - living by faith. I remember one time we had just a box of Wheetabix in the cupboard and that was it with a small son to feed and I didn't even like the stuff! That day, after taking my son to school, I was back home and there was a knock on the door. It was a couple from our church and they had a box of groceries for us! They didn't know we had a particular need but just felt that God wanted them to do that for us.
Kindness Ian
Christmas Pie, Normandy, United Kingdom | Nov 24 2012 This illustrates: Psalm 25:9

 

A BBC sound engineer once told me about an assignment he and his crew had been given - to interview two well known evangelical Christians. The sound engineer was not a Christian but he was clearly puzzled by how it is possible that Christianity could produce such different types of leaders. The first one (nameless) had very little time for the film crew and clearly was too important to care for them. The BBC man was so irritated by the experience he nearly dropped out of the next days filming. But he went along anyway and discovered “an elderly man in a cardigan who opened the door personally of his little flat”. Apparently it was John Stott. John led them all up some winding stairs to his little lounge. He had had a cake made for them and the kettle was already boiled for a cup of tea, which he served to each one of them. The BBC engineer was stunned by this great man’s humility and care for people he did not know. Truly an example of a servant-leader who had been reshaped into the image of Christ.
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