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Monday, July 21, 2008


Doing outreach with the Baptist Rescue Mission in Fort Worth, Texas this past Saturday, we found a young lady named Aurora. She was in the corner of an old, long-abandoned warehouse where she lives. Through her sobs she told her story of how she used to be a nurse until one dark day when six male intruders broke down her family's door and attacked everyone inside. Several of her family members were murdered, while others, including her, were left for dead. Worse yet, she recognized some of her attackers as members of her own extended family, and four of the six have never been caught.

She told how she turned to alcohol to try to forget that awful day, and how she now can't stop drinking because her body is so addicted. She still takes some pride in the fact that she has not yet turned to other drugs, only alcohol. The strength of her sobs revealed her tortured heart. She surely has a big mountain to climb.

O how we long to help those in such pain! Our feeling of helplessness would be overwhelming if not for the Eternal Word of Eternal God. God's Word gives us the solution to the hurts of this world. No matter the heartache, no matter the pain, no matter the problem, whatever your mountain may be, PRAISE GOD JESUS IS STILL THE ANSWER. In telling her of our Mission, she said she knew that God had sent us to her.

The attempt to share the gospel with this precious soul was cut short by the arrival of other homeless who were too much of a distraction at that time. Aurora did not arrive at the mission Saturday night as we had invited her to do, but it doesn't change the fact that there is a solution for her. We now know where to find to her, and we will be relentless in our pursuit to communicate the great love of God and the free gift of salvation to her. A delivery of clothing is planned for next Saturday, so she will feel more comfortable coming to the Mission service. We pray that God will give us wisdom, power, and courage to be a blessing and a help to these precious souls on the streets of Fort Worth.

I love the work of the Baptist Rescue Mission. After all, Jesus Himself came down and rescued me.


Tori said...

Oh Bro. Sam,
I read this post through tears. How many people are out there just like Aurora, forced into a life of slavery by circumstances.

I'm so glad you were able to meet her and that eventually I'll read a post about Aurora's salvation.

God bless you Bro. Sam!!

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