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By David Cannon
Special to The PREVIEW
I once heard a missionary to Africa tell of challenges she had faced while ministering in Mozambique. She and her ministry team had completed a center for orphans. One night the Marxist government came in and took over the buildings, trying to kill her as she escaped in the night.
After years of building a second center, the ministry center experienced an outbreak of cholera. The government came again and said, “We are closing your center.”
One woman looked at her and said, “You are going to kill all of Maputo.”
The missionary cried to God, “God, I can’t carry that.”
This missionary had 85 children and pastors in the hospital, defecating, vomiting and dying. She was told this was a really terrible strain of cholera and they were all going to die.
“No, they are not,” she replied. “God, You said You would not give us more than we can take. You said go and pick up every dying child. You said You would bring a revival and these men (pastors) would care for these orphans. I heard You and I love You and You are going to do something.”
The hospital would not allow others in the cholera room — otherwise known as the dying room.
But this missionary looked to God, saying, “God, send your angels and walk in with me.”
After which she stepped across the line into the quarantined area. Surprisingly, the hospital staff did not try to stop her. Trusting God, she entered the room without any disinfectant, hospital gown or protective gloves.
“God, what do I do?” She prayed.
God spoke, “Hold them. Hold them.”
She recounts: “I held everyone, 85, defecating on me, vomiting on me. Held them close, right cheek-to-cheek, face-to-face. Just breathed on them. Held them in my arms. And I said, ‘Jesus, love them to life, love them to life, love them to life.’ And I found others that I didn’t even know were there and I led them all to Jesus.
“I said, ‘Love them to life. You’re God.’ Every single one was healed. Everyone, the whole hospital cleared out. And the doctor, she looked at me and she said, ‘Your god is God.’ And she works for us now. No one died. No one died. They said they had never heard of anything like it.”
Isn’t God amazing? He loved those dying children and pastors to life. He did it through a weak and humble friend of His. Approximately 2000 years ago, He loved all of us to life.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 New Living Translation).
We were dead in our trespasses and sins. But because of God’s great love, we can enter into new life.
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins” (Colossians 2:13 NLT emphasis added).
We are alive today because of love.
The apostle Paul wrote, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NLT).
God showed His love for us while we were still sinners. He didn’t wait until we got our act together to show us love. While we were still sinners, He showed us love. His love for us is not based upon us. It is not based upon how good or bad we are. His love flows from who He is. God is love (see 1 John 4:8). There is nothing we can do to make Him love us more. There is nothing we can do to make Him love us less. God is love. Therefore, He loves. www.davidcannonministries.com.
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