I Know You Have the Truth

“Miss K” doesn’t get out and about any more, but she never seems to be lonely. In fact, there are many who come to pay her a visit on a regular basis. At 100 plus years of age, she is weak in body, but strong in spirit. Comforted by a mattress placed on the floor of her round mud hut, “Miss K” sits near a small fire to stay warm. Her name is written on the room’s wall, and there are meager belongings scattered around on the dirt floor.

Miss KI first met “Miss K” when we visited her village for the first time in 2008. As is customary, when visitors arrive in a village, it is important to greet the “senior” adults, as they are the treasures of the people. We were invited to the home of “Miss K,” where we were greeted by this soft-spoken woman sitting on the floor. The visit was short, and many people were gathered around her, probably more out of couriosity about who we were than because of her needs. As we left, I turned to one of our partners from Mali and encouraged him to try and return to share the “good news” with her. Surely, having given “Miss K” more than 100 years of life on this earth, God had a purpose and a plan for her to hear His good news.

Over the next few months, my friend, along with another believer from a nearby village, returned to visit “Miss K.” They had opportunities to tell her about God and His great love, as well as to pray for her.

In the Fall of 2008, I returned with another volunteer team and we were working in the region. Some of us decided to go and pay “Miss K” a visit. When we arrived, she was accompanied by only a small child. This was unusual, but we knew that God had prepared that time for us to share the “Good News” with her.

When we came into her hut and sat down on a mat spread out on the floor, “Miss K” told us that she had dreamed about us. And then she said, “I know you have the truth.” We asked if we could share God’s good news with her, and she agreed. We shared in English, our translator translated the message into the local language, and then a local friend again shared the message with “Miss K.” As she listened, her heart was opened and she received the message of forgiveness in Christ alone. On that day, this sweet, older woman, in the winter of life, became a sister in the family of God.

As we left the village that day, I remember just wanting to be quiet with gratitude for how patient God is that His people all come to repentance and faith in His Son. For “Miss K,” God had been patient for more than 100 years. Also, at the right time God’s people had responded to His call, left their homes and families, and traveled to a little mud hut in West Africa to share the truth.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.—2 Peter 3:9

  1. Ralph Stevens says:

    Thank you for the reminder of God’s patience…with me and those that we need to be sharing our faith.

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