Not Today…Raeni

Not today…that was my my initial thought Tuesday afternoon as I watched the oncoming train pull in on the track next to us, with its lights flashing. We have company coming tonight and we are already getting home much later than I was anticipating. I immediately start making a mental list of what must get done and checking my train app for alternative routes to get home.
Then as I watch train agents coming running to the platform red caution tape in hand and passengers slowly streaming from cars with confusion on their faces; I realize what happened. The train had just hit a person. The reality, it was probably not an accident, but an individual had just used the train to take their own life. This is the second time I have been riding a train when an event like this occurred at the station I was near.
We were on our way home from a meeting that we were really excited about. We were making an action plan on how and what we are going to do to reach out to this city and create new communities of faith. This excitement changes to desperation. We must share the hope of Jesus.

I can recite the statistics of how the French are as a whole one of the most depressed countries in the world, they take more antidepressants, and suicide rates are extremely high. Those things are true but when the reality of someone jumping in front of your train, it reminds you again of the urgency of the gospel. There is only one cure for this emptiness that they feel, and it does not come from man. The emptiness can only be filled by the hope that a relationship with Jesus will give them.
Will you fervently join us in prayer? First, for the people of France that their hearts and minds will be opened to looking in a new direction to fill the void that they feel. That they would look to Jesus Christ. Second, pray that God would show us people who are open to his message of the gospel.

Jan 9, 2014 | Posted by in ENvision | 1 comment

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  1. Joann Stone says:

    Well said. I can’t add anything to this. Praying for your part in this plan that God has laid before you.

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Not today…that was my my initial thought Tuesday afternoon as I watched the oncoming train pull in on the track next to us, with its lights flashing. We have company coming tonight and we are already getting home much later than I was anticipating. I immediately start making a mental list of what must get done and checking my train app for alternative routes to get home.
Then as I watch train agents coming running to the platform red caution tape in hand and passengers slowly streaming from cars with confusion on their faces; I realize what happened. The train had just hit a person. The reality, it was probably not an accident, but an individual had just used the train to take their own life. This is the second time I have been riding a train when an event like this occurred at the station I was near.
We were on our way home from a meeting that we were really excited about. We were making an action plan on how and what we are going to do to reach out to this city and create new communities of faith. This excitement changes to desperation. We must share the hope of Jesus.

I can recite the statistics of how the French are as a whole one of the most depressed countries in the world, they take more antidepressants, and suicide rates are extremely high. Those things are true but when the reality of someone jumping in front of your train, it reminds you again of the urgency of the gospel. There is only one cure for this emptiness that they feel, and it does not come from man. The emptiness can only be filled by the hope that a relationship with Jesus will give them.
Will you fervently join us in prayer? First, for the people of France that their hearts and minds will be opened to looking in a new direction to fill the void that they feel. That they would look to Jesus Christ. Second, pray that God would show us people who are open to his message of the gospel.

Jan 9, 2014 | Posted by in ENvision | 1 comment

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  1. Joann Stone says:

    Well said. I can’t add anything to this. Praying for your part in this plan that God has laid before you.

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