A Word From Steve Jones
September 24th, 2018
Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… I love to hear stories of God’s transforming love changing a life. I know you do too. Attached you’ll find a story from one of our Fellowship Chaplains who recently met a believer at the airport. I will let our chaplain speak for himself:
“Proverbially, every life has a story. Very often, however, life’s stories are characterized by losses, heartaches and even despair. Yet whenever a life is touched by the hand of God and it is exposed to the light of the Lord Jesus Christ, even the saddest story becomes a glorious testimony, which inspires and encourages so many members of the Body of Christ, just as it is written:
‘For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’ (Romans 8:28 NIV)
The following is one of those life stories, which can be entitled, “Adopted twice.” It is S’s personal testimony and, it is written upon her request and with her expressed permission.
S was born in northern India to Sikh parents. Her father was a pilot with the Indian Air Force. A colleague asked S’s father for a shift substitution on one of his off duty days. S’s father granted the request to his friend, but during a flight training exercise that day, he was involved in a fatal crash.
A few years later, his young widow decided to remarry, but S was not to be a part of the nuptial arrangement. Consequently, six year old S was adopted by her uncle, and she moved with his family to Western Canada.
In the process of time, S began dabbling with the occult (witchcraft). When it came to the attention of her adopted parents, S was told to leave their home at once. Sadly, at the age of eighteen, S was once again without a home, without parents, and without hope in the world.
S was taken in as a boarder into a Pastor’s home. During her stay S noticed that the Pastor and his wife loved her and cared for her as their own daughter. For example, when S did her laundry, the Pastor’s wife would iron her clothes and place them neatly on her bed. When the boarding fees were due, the Pastor and his wife would tell S to keep the money for rainy days.
S was very perplexed. So she asked her landlady as to why she and her husband treated her with such a kindness. Calmly, the woman replied: “Dear child, God loved us and gave His son for us while we were yet sinners. And now, the Lord Jesus loves us personally. That’s why we can love others unconditionally.” Amazed by that answer S said, “I want that love too!” So a few moments later, S accepted Christ as her personal Savior and Lord.”
After a few years, S relocated in the province of Ontario, and she is presently working at Pearson Airport. When I met this young Christian at the airport chapel, she exclaimed: “I was adopted twice…I am also adopted in the Beloved and my Father is the King of kings. So I am a princess!” It is always a great joy to meet with S, for her humble spirit and gift of prayer truly encourage me personally, and all those who come in contact with her.
When I heard S’s testimony, my soul rejoiced greatly in the Spirit not only for her touching story, but also for the Pastor and his wife who have modeled a practical Christianity for this young woman. First, they practiced biblical hospitality. Second, they undoubtedly prayed for the girl’s conversion. Third, the Pastor’s wife humbly gave S an account for the hope that was in her. And fourth, they knew that agape-love never fails!”
Chaplain Pat Di-Fonzo’s story is representative of so much of the work our Fellowship chaplains are doing in airports, hospitals, nursing homes, truck stops and many other places. Where people live and work. Would you commit with me to pray for our Fellowship chaplains?
Our Fellowship Chaplaincy family has grown from 28 to 44 chaplains in the last 18 months. If you would like to be recognized and appointed as a Fellowship chaplain, or are looking for more information our Fellowship Chaplains, click HERE.
Have a blessed week,