Don’t Stop Being a “Teenager”

Posted: March 21, 2011 in evangelism, missions

The following is a real update letter my church received from a missionary we support.  Be encouraged and convicted:

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  Those who are planted in the house of the LORD, shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.” Psalm 92:12-14 NKJV

I sat down on the porch of Fair Haven Inn at the end of a full day of ministry in Jamaica.  I was a bit weary from the day’s construction work but somewhat pleased with myselft that at 54 years of age I had managed to keep up with my younger team members.  Well, perhaps just a little more dependent upon the Ibuprofen than they.

I was soon joined by Herman.  Herman was there on a short-term mission trip with a small group from Minnesota.  Like many short-term members that I meet, he was excited about the opportunities that he had to share the Gospel.  Herman shared about how he and his team had spent the day doing skits and sharing Christ in the public schools.  The day before they had visited an orphanage and done open air evangelism.  It seemed that he couldn’t wait for the next day and the ministry opportunities that were yet ahead of him and his team.  I was genuinely encouraged by Herman’s energy and enthusiasm in serving the Lord.  My conversation with Herman would continue for over an hour as we talked about many things including his service in the Navy…in World War II.

Oh, did I mention that Herman was “95” years old?  In fact, the youngest member of his mission team was 67 and most of the other members were in their eighties.

So many times I have been left speechless by the testimony of those who have faithfully served the Lord.  This time I was humbled by one who continued to serve Him with the excitement and enthusiasm of a teenager.  Oh, to be 95 years young and still serving with such vigor.  Thank you Herman and thank you Lord for the encouragement and yet another lesson learned from Christ on the “journey home”.

Gary

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