When I was about twelve years old my brother, Bob, used to take me to church in his car. His influence helped keep me in line during my early teens. When he went away to Bible College for a year, I never thought seriously of going elsewhere. No other individual had a greater impact on my life for Christ at that time than my big brother.
On the night of May 28, Bob was struck and killed by a vehicle in our hometown of Christiansburg, Virginia as he walked by the highway. A few days later I was honored to speak at his burial services in the military cemetery in Dublin, Virginia. Bob’s later years somewhat paralleled the life of Lot. He suffered great losses and shame due to his wrong decisions, but he never seemed to become bitter towards God. Several gospel tracts for distribution were among the nearly ten pounds of various objects in his pockets the night he was killed.
Churches and friends more than paid for my travel expenses to the States to be with my family during this time. The various manifestations of love were overwhelming. We are grateful to God for all who so kindly expressed their sympathies to us.
I was reminded of Berea’s difficult situation in the community a few days ago when I got to know John, who lives next door to the church. He wasn’t all that thrilled to see me and the first subject he treated was that of having been swindled out of several thousands of dollars by a former member of our church. However, John did say that he is not holding us accountable for the “swindler’s” actions.
There is also the need for basic obedience to the Great Commission. One of our young church leaders testified a few days ago that he had a chill in his stomach on a recent evangelistic outing he made with me. He was glad for the experience, but like most of the members of the church, has had little experience in presenting the gospel face to face with strangers. We are emphasizing evangelistic outreach for the next several weeks. Pray the God will use us to win some for Him.
Johnny & Rena Nunley