Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… When was the last time you sensed the Spirit of God prompting you to speak to a stranger about the Lord. What did you do? Did you obey?
Our Fellowship chaplains are often doing this on a daily basis. They act as an extension of the local church in places whereour churches do not often connect. Truck stops, military bases, sports team locker rooms, fire halls, the back seat of a police car or international airports to name a few.
I’d like to encourage you with one salvation story from one of our Fellowship Chaplains serving at the Pearson Airport in Toronto. Pat DiFonzo has served there, with four other Fellowship airport chaplains, for years. He met a young woman in the airport four years ago. She was in crisis seeking to escape an abusive situation. She was fearful and suspicious, but sensed in Pat, a gentle man to be trusted. Here is her story in her own words:
“Remembering my experience in Toronto, Canada is always a painful past for me. It was the darkest period of my life. The only blessed thing was meeting Pat and Lori and still having them in my life till today, and of course also having Jesus Christ’s love in my life.
“It has been almost four years since the day I met Pastor Pat in that little chapel in Pearson International Airport. I was running away from some bad people back then. And I had to hide in the airport till my flight back to Singapore. I was struggling mentally and in a state of shock and panic. Police even came to interview me but they were of no help. I then found the safest place to be which is inside the chapel.
“I remember Pat offering me food and drinks. And then he invited me to his home until the next day as my flight was still quite some time away. I at first declined his offer but accepted after. I guess it was his aura that calmed me down. And that is when I went into his beautiful home and met my fairy godmother, Lori. They invited me to stay in their daughter’s room. I am really thankful for their hospitality. All thanks to them, I managed to have a hot shower and a good night’s rest before heading to the airport for my flight the next day. My fairy godfather also upgraded my flight to first class to ensure I would have a comfortable and safe flight back home to Singapore. Before my flight, we went to the chapel for the last time and Pat asked if I wanted to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. Since I saw that Jesus Christ was my fairy godfather’s Savior and Lord, I was willing to accept Jesus as my Savior too!
“Back in Singapore it took me years to heal completely from that painful past. I struggled with depression and demons, but Pat and Lori’s love and prayers never failed to warm my heart over and over again.
“I am forever thankful to my “saviors”. I want to thank you both for coming in to my life and thank you for making this world a better place.
“Till the day we meet again!”
Four years later, Pat celebrates that she is still walking with the Lord, graduated from school and working at her father’s company. All because Pat obeyed the Lord’s prompting to talk to her on that cold January morning. That simple act of obedience, carried out by faith, allowed the Holy Spirit to touch and transform her life.
Our Fellowship Chaplains come into contact with hundreds of spiritual seekers and they want to connect these seekers and young believers to our Fellowship churches. As our Fellowship chaplains “demonstrate the love of Christ”, pray that we will continue to see much fruit. Secondly, please be available to our chaplains when they desire to connect new believers to your church family.
Have a blessed week,