If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
Welcome to another Terrific Tuesday, where we take a look at God’s word, His kingdom or His people to see what we can learn about ourselves, Him and/or our relationships with Him.
Heroes come in all sizes and shapes. Comic books are filled with superheroes. Movies have Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone and other muscle-guy type heroes.
My newest hero is a young lady in her early twenties who probably doesn’t weigh 100 pounds. She’s so slender she has to stand twice to make a shadow. If you saw her in a room full of people, you’d probably barely notice her. If you did, her slight build and rosy cheeks and blondish hair would make you want to throw your arms around her to protect her.
Doesn’t sound like your typical hero? Well, consider this. A couple of years ago she graduated from college and entered the mission field. In case you don’t know any missionaries, let me assure you that the meekest of these people has to be tough as nails to go where they go and do what they do.
Toni was raised in the mission fields. Her father and mother have served as missionaries in Southeast Asia all of Toni’s life. When she left her parents to come back home and go to college, she didn’t know what she wanted to do, but she did know the one thing she did not want to do was be a missionary.
Fortunately, despite that resolve, she kept her ears open to hear God. It seems He had other ideas for her. By the time she finished college she was on fire with the idea of going into the mission field.
She joined a ministry called StoryRunners. They have put together forty-one stories to convey the gist of the Bible to third world people. Rather than preaching or even trying to teach people, they go into other countries and just start telling their stories to whoever will listen. I’m sure they more organized than I make them sound, but the point is that they go into all sorts of uncomfortable situations throughout the world to tell these stories.
I can’t imagine anything scarier than being a small, young, blonde female in a Muslim country, but that’s Toni. She spent some two years spreading Christianity among Muslims through her storytelling, and she won innumerable converts to Jesus in that process.
Toni became so adept at the storytelling that StoryRunners brought her back to their home office to help formalize or upgrade their operating procedures. After helping them with that, she has moved over to Gospel for Asia. I’m not sure just what she’ll be doing there, but I know they operate in all sorts of areas that are relatively dangerous for Christians.
I’m in awe of Toni. Where most of us sit around wondering about taking a step or two outside our comfort zones, she just turned her back on her comfort zone and went where God told her to go. She’s my hero.
Do you have a New Testament passage or concept you’d like to see discussed here? Maybe something you’ve never quite understood. I’d love to hear from you about that, too. I’ll try my best to explain it.
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Toni surely sounds like an amazing, wonderful young woman. Thanks for sharing about her, David.
You’re welcome, Barb.