The following is from Missionary Dennis Blankenship: Dear Preacher Friends,
I hope each of you enjoyed a good day in the Lord yesterday. I wanted to write a note thanking each of you for praying for us and standing with us as we serve the Lord in East Africa.
Yesterday evening I was asked to preach in a mission work in East Kampala and gladly accepted. Upon arriving and while setting up (they meet in a children’s day care) I met a man named John, who rents a room next door.
After speaking for a few minutes, I found out John is from Rwanda and is a college student in Kampala. I asked if he was a Christian and he said ‘Yes, but I don’t like going to Church.’ I told him Christians should love going to Church. He said, ‘I can’t go.’ After some prying, I found out that as a 12 year old, during the genocide in Rwanda, he was hiding in the Church and the killers came in a slaughtered a group of people, including everyone in his family, except he and his brother. God spared his life. He said, when I’ve been to Church since that day, after about 20 minutes, it all comes back to me and I have to leave.
I challenged him to trust God and He would heal his heart and give him victory because God wants him in fellowship.
Have you ever been in a situation where your ‘pat’ answers seem so small to some people’s big problems?
I write this note to you men, so that you’ll know how to pray for us as we labor here.
During the genocide in Rwanda, 800,000 were murdered in 100 days.
In S. Sudan, 2.5 million were killed during their twenty year war.
These people are suffering and I know God is the answer to their hurting heart.
Pray for us to have wisdom and the power of God on our lives, daily.
Pray for John and the many like him who need the Saviour.
I love you all,
Bro. Dennis My Note: The next time you are tempted to complain, just remember– your problem could be worse than it is and we all have more than we deserve!