Friday, July 24, 2009

When Things Seem Incredible...

I find that "incredible" coincidences especially seem to happen when I'm telling someone about Jesus or about the persecuted church.

I know I've been talking about my work with VOM so much lately that you're probably sick of it. Don't worry, I will get back to another topic sooner or later!

However something so neat happened yesterday that you've just got to hear about it!

I was checking references for a man who has applied to become a VOM Area Representative. One of his references was Paul Dye with New Tribes Mission. I remembered reading a book about a NTM pilot named Paul Dye who was captured by the FARC guerillas in Colombia and miraculously escaped. The book, When Things Seem Impossible, was a great encouragement to me. A technically good storyteller could have really spun the tale in a breathtaking way, but what was interesting is that the book is written in a very simple, low-key way, so that the reader is not so much impressed by the writing as by what God did. I won't spoil the story, but the way Paul escaped is clearly supernatural. In fact, afterwards, a Colombian army general publicly gave God the credit for Paul's escape.

So after I did the reference check, of course I asked whether the Paul Dye I was speaking to was the Paul Dye of the story. He was. I told him what a blessing his book had been in my life. Mr. Dye was different than I expected. When I think "pilot" I tend to think of "Air Force pilot" -- someone who is the definition of "Type A". Mr. Dye was very down to earth and humble, the kind of guy who is more comfortable holding a wrench than a telephone. He asked if I had seen the DVD version of the story, and when I said I hadn't, he offered to send me a copy for free! Can't resist an offer like that!

Just another "incredible", undeserved and unexpected blessing from Jesus.

1 comment:

  1. Daniel, that's an awesome testimony. Let it be known that your Father in Heaven is full of wonderful incidences such as this, and it gives Him great joy as you discover them. May there be more. Blessings through Christ!