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Topic: Risk (05/17/12)
TITLE: Once In A Lifetime
By Mildred Sheldon
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He had spent two years in Africa where he contracted Malaria, but he considered that a minor inconvenience, although there is no cure it was one of the many risks he would face, and his trust in the Lord was not shaken.
Ben was determined that nothing would stop him from spreading the Gospel. Wherever there was a need Ben was the first to volunteer. He had spent 4 years in China where he faced imprisonment and death for spreading the good news of Christ. He was fearless, and he loved the Lord with all his heart.
When adversity struck you would hear him quoting scriptures such as Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 4:19, and the like. Ben’s hearts desire was to be a missionary in the Middle East, but so far his hearts desire had been denied him.
Ben was of Jewish descent, and his hearts desire was to teach the Jewish people about Christ, and at the age of 60 he became a missionary in Egypt. He poured his heart and soul into telling his people about Christ. He spent the next 20 years teaching the Jewish people about Christ.
One of his favorite verses became an intricate part of his testimony, and his friends waited expectantly for Ben to share that particular scripture with all new converts to Christianity. “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lost it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self.” Luke 9:23-25.
Ben worked tirelessly in spreading the gospel, and the malaria although it had been dormant for quite a while reared its ugly head when he overdid and became exhausted.
Ben had been teaching a group of new converts when he suffered a relapse, and he struggled valiantly to survive just one more day. He was so very weak, and weary beyond imagination, but he was not about to give up.
As Ben lay in his bed he faded in and out of consciousness, but when he awakened he was surrounded by some of his converts and closest friends all praying quietly for his recovery. Ben reached out and took the hand of his first convert and quietly said. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41;10.
As Ben drifted back to sleep he gave God thanks for granting him his hearts desire to tell his people about his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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