The phone rang as the sun was rising. Our first thought, what’s wrong? I could see his facial expressions and hear his tone of voice; this was a bad news call. He hung up the phone and quickly filled me in as he kissed me goodbye, I began praying. He was called to transport a new colleague to the morgue. This precious woman arrived two weeks earlier, not with any organization, but serving for six weeks at Rain Forest International School, a middle and high school operated by our organization. Since she wasn’t with an organization, she didn’t have an emergency contact file, she didn’t have any of her personal information on file and David had no idea where to start.
As David arrived at her apartment, her roommate and the Director of the school were there. David picked up her cell phone and to his delight, her phone wasn’t protected by a password. He could scroll through her phone, but who to call? He started saying the names on her phone aloud, the Director of the school said she recognized one of the names, he’s a missions pastor. David called his number, waking him up in the middle of the night, to share what was happening on the other side of the world. Even when circumstances seem overwhelming, bleak and impossible – the Lord shows up, guiding the way and in this case provided an unprotected cell phone with a number of someone who had the information to contact her family.