One hot day
How would you like playing your favourite sport when the temperature is 47 degrees?
Blistering heat is just one of the challenges that Coach Mary faces in a remote village of southern Malawi. Other Sports Friends netball coaches might get 15-20 girls at every practice, but in the extreme climate of Mary’s village she usually gets only half that number. However, Mary knows not to compare her ministry with what others are doing. Instead she simply chooses to focus on whoever God brings to her each day.
One day in the hot season, temperatures were soaring to over 47 degrees, but Mary faithfully went down to the field as usual to coach. She waited. Then she saw three girls coming her way. After a simple training session in the blazing sun, Mary sat down with the girls under the shade of a nearby tree and began to share the message that she had prepared for the day.
Because of the high temperatures, Mary felt God leading her to share from the Scriptures about hell; how even these temperatures are nothing compared to what is to come for those not found covered by the blood of the Lamb of God. Coach Mary finished by talking about the magnificent saving love of God. She told the girls how he doesn’t rejoice in the death of the wicked but rejoices when even one sinner comes out of the darkness and into the light. She also shared how this amazing gospel radically transforms our lives and enables us to have “life to the full!” (John 10:10).
Sweating profusely, Mary finished teaching and looked up to see all three girls weeping. She listened as they explained that they were sex workers, earning their living by prostitution. They told her how empty they felt and how they were tired of living this way. Today, they are born again believers and part of the local church that Mary also attends.
What an example Mary sets – faithful in the daily grind of being a light for him, wherever he has put us. Jesus said: “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7)
Please pray for these three young women, that the darkness of their pasts would have no hold over them. Praise God that he does not give up on anyone.
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