An Unexpected Visitor

We sit in our Sunday worship service with friends and fellow believers. We meet in a school hall where children gather during the week. Looking around, we see young people about to launch out as adults having come to faith in earlier years but keen to keep growing in their faith; Rodney, Lulu, Rufaro and others too. We see Martin, an old man who lost all. He lost his wife from the blows to her head which were administered by angry men and later his farm and livelihood to marauding gangs. He comes and worships with a heart filled with love and faith. His worship is not tainted by bitterness or desire for vengeance. Over there we see Ramona. She was introduced to the Lord by her sister Angie who sings up front. Ramona and her son rarely miss a Sunday. This hall is filled with trophies of God’s transforming grace. But today a surprising testimony to God’s saving power unfolds. A guest in the back of the room stands to introduce himself when visitors are welcomed by the Pastor. He is a young man in his twenties, obviously not from Zimbabwe but from China. He speaks with broken English yet with passion and joy. He tells how as a university student in China he was depressed and saw nothing hopeful in his future. While he struggled with strong thoughts of suicide a Canadian man met him and soon introduced him to Jesus. His life was turned upside. Today he gives thanks for God’s goodness; for the two year work contract that brought him to Zimbabwe, for his new neighbors in Harare who brought him to our church and for the delight of being with God’s people in joyful worship on this morning. We know God is at work among us but it is so good to get a glimpse of what he is doing in far off places.

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