A God Encounter

By Terry Wardle

February 26, 2012

In his book, Ministry on the Fireline, Ray Anderson tells an amazing story of an encounter that one of his students, a Methodist pastor, had with a Viet Nam veteran she met in a hospital. He was a bitter and cynical man who had a deep hatred for the Vietnamese, and a deep rage against God. However, her attention to him caused this vet to eventually start attending her church. One Sunday, during the worship, she asked people to pass the peace among one another. Following the service, this man hurried to the young pastor to tell her about what happened.
He walked up to a woman and said, “The peace of the Lord be with you.” She responded by saying, “And with you”, but said it in Vietnamese. She then embraced him affectionately. The man said that suddenly all the pain and bitterness left his body, and he received a deep emotional healing from the Lord.
This pastor told Ray Anderson that what made this story incredible was the fact that there were no Vietnamese people in the service, nor was anyone there who could speak Vietnamese. This was a personal Pentecost for this man. Jesus cared enough to meet him in a kingdom moment that bordered on the miraculous, all because of the Lord’s deep and everlasting love for him.
What Paul said is so true isn’t it.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things.” (Romans 8:32)

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