Car troubles

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Vehicles are vital tools for missionaries in Africa.  Roads are very tough here and workers have to spend a lot of time and money keeping their cars roadworthy for their ministries. So this story from Pilot Andy Kradolpher is a familiar one, except that it has a rather special ending. Read on to know more..

'Now I like to tinker with cars, but about six months ago we started to experience a series of car troubles in Flying Mission Zambia that gave us quite some grief. We ended up having our car at the mechanic for more than a month. That meant I had to go to the local automotive parts shop quite often.  So I started to dread all the car troubles. I could not understand God in all of this. I was spending too much of my time at the parts store. However, in that store I had the privilege of building a relationship with Fred*, one of the workers there.

The first few times, when I saw him, I was greeting him and just exchanging a few words. Then for some reason he was on my heart.  I was in the store again to get parts and I greeted Fred and asked him how his wife is doing. The answer was shocking:

"I don't know, I moved out".

Fred has only been married for two years. I was devastated. To me, marriage has a high value; it is the cornerstone of a society. To my surprise, Fred totally opened up towards me and told me all about what is happening in his marriage.  At that moment, it dawned on me that the reason why I was there that day, and the relationship I had built with Fred, was exactly for this time. My car problems were not for nothing.  God wanted me to be there for Fred. Over 25 minutes of deep talk, I was able to encourage him to seek Christian counselling. I also told him that I will be praying for him. What was more, I was able to pray for him with his boss, a good Zambian friend of mine.

I felt blessed in this whole situation; moved that God is using me. Fred did seek professional Christian counselling.  Now I hear that he and his wife have made good decisions and are back on track!

And it all started with car troubles...'

Rom 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

*Name has been changed to protect privacy.