The man that we buy apples from and occasionally washes the car that we are borrowing was robbed a few months ago while riding in a taxi. He was given a very large sum of money to buy 50 crates of apples; my guess is that the amount of money was probably equivalent to two years worth of his washing cars and selling apples. He is legally blind and the other taxi passengers quickly realized this and took his cell phone and taxi money then starting cutting on his hand and arm until he let go of the bag that was holding the money and they threw him out of the taxi. It was raining at this point and he had no phone or money and was bleeding. He finally made it to the hospital where he received treatment and then went to the police station to report what had happened.
Almost 2 weeks ago the police arrived at his home and took him to prison because the woman who he was getting the apples for pressed charges against him. His only option was to pay back the extremely large sum of money that he didn’t have. So instead of realizing how bad his situation was, he decided that he would organize a church service in the jail. Criminals who had killed, robbed and raped people were confessing their sins and 20 of the prisoners accepted Jesus as their Savior. During these services they took an offering, because in Cameroonian jails the only way you get food is if a family member or friend brings you something to eat and many of them had not eaten for several days. The money they collected was enough to buy bread for all those in that jail.
The guards of the prison were also thankful because the peace that passes all understanding had come over this prison and the prisoners were not fighting, yelling or causing problems in general. Yesterday he was released and was able to go back to his family. The woman is still trying to move forward to get her money back, but they have agreed to a much smaller amount that he would need to repay.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25
This is like a story straight out of the Bible. When we live out our faith, it never ceases to amaze me at what God will do.
He told me this story for 45 minutes, I had a hard time cutting out all of the various details that he shared.
I’m sure that’s true. Thanks for sharing – what a vivid reminder of God’s continued presence, no matter what we are experiencing.
Wow! What an amazing story…
Was checking out your recent blog posts. Quite a story David. God is at work in these desperate places.