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You Never Know When


Mark Allen, Project Nomad Coordinator

My father isn’t a believer. He’s described himself as agnostic my whole life because of misconceptions of “organized religion” that formed when he was a kid.  He was the first person in his family to get a college degree. He became a mathematician due to his love of science and math, two things I never excelled at in school, and his involvement in the science world reaffirmed his thoughts about the Church.

The only time he’s ever come close to praying is when he’s told me, “I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts.” This is usually followed up with “don’t get yourself killed in one of those developing countries.”

I’ve tried to explain the whole “if it’s my time to go, then it’s my time go” thing, which is usually followed by my father muttering something about organized religion taking his child. I’m sure many of us have heard this before from other non-believers in our lives.

I recently had the privilege of teaching our basic Project Nomad training at the GNPI regional center in Nairobi.

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We had a great time learning, sharing, and fellowship together. They realized the importance of using media to share the Gospel with others. It’s not only to fulfill the Great Commission; it gives those who have not been reached the chance to learn about what it means to give their lives to Christ and enter heaven when “it’s their time to go.”

As we took photos of the class and said our goodbyes, we heard a commotion outside the regional center.

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We saw a traffic jam of cars, people, and matatus (taxis). A closer look revealed a terrible tragedy: a man on a moto had been hit by a matatu driver, and we could tell by the extent of his injuries he would not survive. A longtime member of the staff told us he knew the man, and his wife had just delivered their second child. The staff member wasn’t sure if the young father was a believer.

This reminded me of what my father had said about keeping me in his thoughts. I knew I would be doing the same for this man’s family while I wondering about his salvation. As I’d answered my dad “when it’s my time to go,” I knew I’d see Jesus when it happened.

Not everyone who leaves this earth has learned about Him or the reward of heaven. That’s why GNPI helps make media disciples around the world who create programs that will have the maximum impact on their communities by sharing this Good News. I’m thankful for the chance to help, and I hope the impact of teaching media production will help to save others before “their time.”

One Response to “You Never Know When”

By Geoff Gordon-Stuart - 18 November 2016 - Reply

Powerful. Thanks Mark, for everything.

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