Friday, August 17, 2012

With Christ into the Fukushima nightmare

A Japanese man was scheduled to work the night shift at the Fukushima Power Plant just hours after the earthquake and tsunami struck. When he saw the destruction, he became deathly afraid for his own life. Instead of reporting for work, he remained in the church where he and his wife had taken shelter earlier in the day.

Over the course of the next week, as his fellow power plant workers exposed themselves to dangerous radiation and worse, he stayed in the church. He knew what his coworkers were doing. Doubt and guilt tore the man apart.
Surrounded by believers at the church shelter, he heard the gospel and surrendered his life to Christ. He now knew that he could sacrifice his life in the radiation, and that Jesus would be with him for all eternity. So out of a sense of duty, but also out of a love for God and his fellow man, he tearfully said goodbye to his wife and headed into the danger to help.

It's amazing, isn't it, how God can use a disaster to awaken even the most hardened heart to the need for a Savior.
(from Mission to the World prayer letter, July 2012)

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