Friday, April 3, 2009

How much did you pay for this chair?

We are working in a large multipurpose hall. Adjacent is a recording studio. Yesterday a man from the studio spoke to one of our team members. He said:

One of my coworkers told me Americans are here giving away wheelchairs to Cameroonians who need them. I said, "Never! I don't believe you. No one gives away wheelchairs." Then I came in to watch. That confirmed my suspicions. You can scarcely find such equipment in Cameroon. People are desperate for something like that. I knew you must be getting a high price for each one.

So I went outside and waited for people who had received a chair. I asked several, "How much did you pay?" Every one of them said, "Nothing. It is a gift from people who follow Jesus."

Now I know it is true. I am so thankful for my people. I can do nothing to help, but I want you to know I am praying for you.

Our team member said, "Don't say it is nothing! The best thing you can give us is prayer for us."

And we say that to you too. Thank you for praying for us. God is great and he answers your prayers.


tom foty said...

dear Team, Blessings on you today.What a priveldge you have to be be on the front line for the Gospel.
to be the hands of Jesus touching people in this way. I am praying for you all. may you find His strength to do the work. I am slso praying for the people to truely hear and believe in Jesus.

2007 team member,Tom Foty

Anonymous said...

I am deeply moved by the realness of God.

nate steller said...

Thanks for the updates. I know it must be hard to find the time when you are so busy. Please give my love to Nate and tell him "HI" from the family. Tom arrives home from Afganistan and India tomorrow. All well here. Am praying often for you all, and especially for Steve and Julie as I heard the news today of Steve's dad's death. Life is joy and sorrow all mixed together, isn't it? Love, Julie

Caryn said...

What a blessing! I'll keep praying!

37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you [or give you a wheelchair for free]?' 40And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' Matt. 25:37-40 [parenthesis mine]