An Altar Call in a Pickup
by Tom Green
To begin things here I must say “All Glory to God in the Highest” for He masterminded this trip taken by the St. Luke’s Honduras Missions Team. To show His amazing love and mercy He delivered the greatest gift Christians receive when giving themselves to Christ – the promise of everlasting life in Him.
I believe it was Thursday afternoon, the day the water pump quit on us. The water pump is actually down at the bottom of the driveway - well this driveway is long, winding and very hilly. The pump pumps water from the bottom of the hill to the top where it is pumped again to wherever it is needed. As a side note, I am really hoping that our Missions visit next year will be complete with hot water in the apartments as is the case in the Villa.
So, God and the Holy Spirit had led us through a tremendous three days already; what could He possibly do to top this! His answer was to show us his powers by fulfilling another promise. God always wants to add more believers to his Army and on this day we claimed two more souls in the name of Jesus Christ. Here is how it happened:
Betsy Hake of Jericho Ministries called a company she had used to fix the very same problem in the past year to see if someone could come out and fix our water pump problem. Well, soon here came two men in a small pickup. The two men explained to Betsy that the part to fix the pump would cost about 300 Lempiras.
Then, after a bit they returned after fixing the pump and remained in the pickup. They proceeded to explain to Betsy that the price was now 2500 Lempiras. Well, Betsy wanted to talk to their supervisor because of the dramatic rise in the price of the repair. Then the man in the driver’s seat called his boss who was not immediately available to talk.
Betsy then sensed that it would be a good idea to share the Gospel with these two men. At this point in time I was next to Betsy as we were talking about the additional Lempiras they wanted for the job. Betsy asked me if I had the additional Lempiras, I said “Yes, I do. I’ll go get it and be right back.”
While I was away, Betsy began by asking them “How do you get to heaven and did you know you can have everlasting life?” Bill was near the pickup watching the whole thing unfold and I showed up with the extra Lempiras to pay for the water pump repair. Then both men bowed their heads and asked Jesus to come into their hearts.
It was truly a remarkable time and day. I had never been so close to something like that, it gave me chill bumps and the tears of joy were rolling. The man sitting in the passenger seat especially was looking like he was pretty tough until the Holy Spirit claimed him. Everyone in the front yard of the Villa was truly affected by what had just happened. We had witnessed the most beautiful thing on earth, as Betsy called it “The Altar Call in the Pickup.”
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