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Topic: STAND UP FOR JESUS (don't write about the song) (04/09/15)
- TITLE: A day to be remembered
By Rachel Varghese
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“Debbie, I am going out with the children to the market,” shouted Pastor Davis as he walked out with seven-year-old Timothy and three year old Paul.
“OK, be safe and God be with you in what ever you do. Keep Him first as always,” answered Debbie. This was what they said to each other every time they went out of the house in this foreign country where they lived as missionaries. There were some natives who gave trouble in all the meetings that Pr. Davis conducted and had threatened his life so many times. They also beat the people who got converted into Christians and stopped worshiping their idols in their temples.
As his custom was, he got into the car and prayed with his children for God’s guidance in their lives and whatever happened to them, they should uphold Him.
It was a beautiful morning with birds singing and a gentle breeze waving the branches. There were not many people on the road and they drove slowly watching the little houses on the roadside and the cattle walking on the road.
“Daddy can we open the windows?” asked Timothy from the backseat.
“Yes dear, you may do so but make sure that you do not put your hands or heads out of the windows,” said Pr. Davis.
“Yes Dad,” said Timothy and little Paul also chimed the same as his brother.
“Jesus loves me this I know,” started Pr. Davis and the little ones at the back seat sang at the top of their voices. What a glorious three-voice choir it was!
“That was a good job kiddies, and I wish your Mom was here to listen to this chorus,” laughed Pr. Davis.
“Daddy, Jesus was here to listen to it,” said Timothy. And the other small voice joined in saying, “Jesus here.”
“Yes children, Jesus and His angels are always with us,” said Pr. Davis.
No sooner had Pr. Davis finished his sentence, he saw them. The angry crowd was coming towards his car and he slowed down and stopped with a smile. “Timothy, close the windows Son, and remember Jesus and His angels are with us,” he told in a soothing voice.
“Yes Dad,” said Timothy and the other little voice also chirped, “Yes Dad.”
The angry men shouted something, and banged on the car. “God rescue us from this crowd, if it is thy will and may these men be saved someday.” he prayed.
Pr. Davis saw a new man in the group and he was carrying a bundle with him. The men turned to him and spoke something angrily and he kept shaking his head. The new man turned to the Pastor and spoke in English. “Do not say anything to me, but do just as you are told. You cannot talk about your God to anyone, anymore.” He then opened the bundle that he was carrying; it was one of their idols.
“Bow down to our God with folded hands and no one would do anything to you. If not you will see your children going up in flames,” he said angrily as one of the men handed him a petrol can.
The man looked at the Pastor again and asked, “Have you made your decision?”
Pr. Davis looked at him calmly and said, “I can only pray to the living God and no idol.”
The man shouted something, and the men rushed to the car pulled out the dazed children and tied them both back to back. The man looked at the Pastor and told him, “This is your last chance. What do you say?”
The Pastor knelt down, folded his hands, closed his eyes and began to pray. He could hear the can being opened, and then he heard the petrol poured over the heads of the children, but he did not hear a word from the children. He heard a matchstick being struck and the next thing he heard was Timothy starting to sing, “Jesus loves me this I know,” and little Paul singing with his brother. What Pastor Davis did not hear was the many matchsticks that were struck and did not light. He thanked God and joined his children in singing and the crowd melted away in shame. Pr. Davis thought that he and his children stood for Jesus but heaven opened and performed the greatest miracle in his life.
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