Bob Allen received a call on his cell phone and it turned out to be from a man from Georgia. He was asking Bob about the mission trips to Tanzania and the work done there. As they talked about the growth of Christianity and how hard the pastors worked serving several churches. I heard Bob telling him that the donations received were used to buy bicycles or motorbikes for pastors to travel between churches.The man told Bob that he had received a Lutherans Engage the World
magazine. He promptly tossed it in the trash. A few nights later he couldn’t sleep and got out of bed. Looking for something to read, he spotted the magazine in the trash. He pulled it out and became interested in an article describing the work in Tanzania.He went through the trouble of searching for Bob’s contact information. Bob asked if he was interested in going on a mission trip but he said no. He felt led to send a donation to use on the next trip to Tanzania for whatever need Bob sees as most pressing. A few days later the envelope came with a very generous donation. He sent a note saying not to write a thank you note back or acknowledge it. Why, we don’t know. He just said to keep up the good work.
So the moral of the story is that the Holy Spirit works around the clock and often gets our attention in many ways. How many have had sleepless nights and heard the voice of God?
We are grateful for this man’s obedience and know he will be rewarded in heaven for this gift.
1 Samuel 3:10
And the LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”