I needed to see God doing stuff
by Frank King
At first, it just seemed like another work trip. But soon it became evident that I needed to see God doing stuff and He came through for me.
I traveled to Fort McMurray in May to collect stories and pictures of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association helping victims of two flooding rivers. My job was to show donors and potential donors how we were assisting people physically and spiritually.
But as I mentioned in the opening paragraph, there was definitely something else at work. I’ve been despairing more and more over Canada’s moral, political and economic state. And I didn’t (and still don’t) see any prospect for positive change.
Personally, I’ve been feeling increasingly hopeless for my biological family. Despite my prayers and careful attempts to have spiritual conversations, my parents and brothers continue to reject Christ. I don’t see any prospect for positive change.
It just seemed like God wasn’t doing a darn thing, like He was sitting on His hands.
God’s response? He brought me to Fort McMurray and then said “hold my beer.”
That probably seems funny to imagine, but it’s the best way to describe what happened.
With Samaritan’s Purse volunteers opening doors through cleaning out flooded basements, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains initiated spiritual conversations with homeowners, volunteers and nearby residents. The results were astounding.
First, there was the lifelong Muslim committing His life to following Christ. When you realize how Islam wraps itself tightly around people through family, friendships and community, you begin to understand how astounding this God act is.
Just down the street from the Muslim homeowner was a contractor and his employees cleaning out another flooded house. One of the chaplains visited them and prayed for them. Less than an hour later, one of those employees searched out the chaplain and prayed to receive Christ.
Another amazing God act. But He wasn’t done. The next day, I was with this chaplain as we visited a homeowner on another street. We saw a panel truck and the contractor’s employee who became a Christian the day before. The chaplain recognized him and went to chat. The employee searched out his boss, brought him to the chaplain and less than an hour later, that man was a Christ follower.
Thank you, Lord, for showing me You are still active in this hurting world.
Frank King’s views are his own and do not reflect on his role as manager of media relations for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada and Samaritan’s Purse Canada.
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