“Is there anyone in there?”, I asked the group of people watching a house burning, but not yet consumed in flames.
I did not know this would turn into one of the darkest days in my life.
Some years ago, a friend and I were taking a walk when we arrived at the fire. The fire department had not yet come. I don’t know why I believed it when I was told no one was inside. I’m still convinced I could have made it inside even for a few seconds. The house was consumed by the time firefighters extinguished it and checked it out. I was sick—shaken—shattered when they found a body inside. If only…
Later, it happened again.
This time I asked no questions as I charged through the house.
No humans inside—but I rescued one scared dog!
And I gained a lesson that I apply to this day.
Now I try to see every human being as if they are in a fire. Each is in a fire in the world that offers much sin and little hope. (That’s why suicide is now becoming epidemic.) Each soul is also in the “fire” of a physical body that can die at any moment—young or old, rich or poor, healthy or sick. Death offers no second chance.
So everywhere—on mission fields, across the USA, or across our neighborhoods, we live out—and call out to those we teach:
“Give every face you see in your day a word of hope and care.”
It may be as brief as “God bless you. You’re special to God,” or a fuller opportunity to give a testimony of what Christ has done for them and His love for those to whom they witness. That is how thousands encounter the living Savior.
Please pray for the army of spiritual firefighters we are training worldwide to obey God’s call to “strive to save others, snatching them out of the fire; on others take pity but with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality.” (Jude 23 Amplified Bible)
Great doors are opening to us to reach many thousands of lives through videos, the printed page and face to face teaching. I never plead or pressure, but I simply say that the team and I are praying for financial miracles to do more. Will you pray with us?
They can’t know if we don’t tell!