Message of Hope
Before beginning our work, my colleague Donna and I prayed that God would lead us to the home that needed to hear a message of hope. We got out of our car and, working opposite sides of the street, we began to visit the homes.
John* was watering his plants when I met him. Talking about his beautiful ripe tomatoes, we made a good connection. After a few moments he invited me inside his house and there I met his wife, Michelle*. During the visit John shared how he had a son-in-law who committed suicide at the age of 33, leaving behind two beautiful children. Then Michelle added, “My brother also committed suicide, and I have a niece who is grieving because her mother just died of a heart attack!” Listening to their story, I was pleading with God to help me to know how to respond to all the pain and heartache that they were going through.
After sharing some encouraging words, I began to show them the book, Today Tomorrow and You. Handing it over to Michelle, I asked her to have a look at it. Michelle had tears in her eyes as she talked about her grieving niece while flicking through the pages of the book. After encouraging her to purchase the book, she held it close to her chest, got up and said, “I want this to give to my niece.”
God answered our prayers! It was God who guided me to this home to share the message of hope and love to John, Michelle and to her grieving niece. And what a privilege I had to pray with and for them. May the book that I have placed in their home bring much comfort, and lead them all into an understanding of the love of God through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.