Inside Story: Learning Lessons of Love

I had been assigned to a congregation in Cameroon that was facing a huge crisis.

A man had given the church land on which the congregation built a simple church. But the land transfer had not been completed when the man died, and his widow wanted the land back. She took the church to court, and the judge ruled that the church must buy the land for a huge sum of money or vacate the land within two weeks.

I called the members together to pray. But some were angry, and others felt the situation was hopeless. Those who were willing prayed day and night that God would intervene.

On the Sabbath before we had to vacate the property, I preached on Joshua and his “impossible” situation at Jericho. I challenged the members to believe that God would deliver us just as He had delivered the children of Israel at Jericho.

After the service I invited those who were willing to go with me to visit the woman, who was not an Adventist. Several members refused, saying it would do no good. I sensed that it was these members’ lack of love that had driven this woman to take back the church land.

Those who remained prayed with me that God would cleanse our hearts from animosity and prepare the way. Then we walked to the woman’s home. We arrived at her home singing, and the woman sat listening quietly. I told her that we had come to apologize to her and to ask her forgiveness for treating her unkindly. I recounted her husband’s reason for giving the land to the church, and then I prayed that God would bless her.

Silence fell on the group. Then the woman said, “Last week I dreamed that you would come today. Now go; you’ll hear from me later.” The church members greeted her warmly before we left.

The next day I was called to visit the woman’s home. “I have decided to give the church half the land my husband originally gave you,” she said. “But you must build the school you have planned on the land I am giving you.”

That afternoon we had a prayer and praise meeting in the church. Many confessed their unbelief and the unkindness they had felt toward the women. And everyone praised God for saving the church. The members’ attitudes have changed, and they often visit this woman and invite her family to the church.

Today an Adventist school serves the community, and the members have learned critical lessons in love, forgiveness, and faith.

Yves Mbende is chaplain of Adventist University of Cosendai in Cameroon, West Africa.

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Inside Story: Learning Lessons of Love — 5 Comments

  1. "For I reckon that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18 KJV). "evaluating for church growth." Let the continual power of the Holy Spirit dwell in our lives, lets book a flight to heaven with the ingathering of all nations and tongues to the upward calling of our Father Jesus Christ. Amen. aloha wau ia oe keakua (we love you Lord)

    • Thank you Kimberly and thank you all.

      That story happened 6 years ago and everywhere I preach and share that story so many people are encouraged to trust God. Also, I see that the lord wanted me to experience a number of stories like that so that my living testimonies will give my students here reasons to persevere and keep the faith and also the hope alive!

      God bless you all.

  2. A very powerful testimony indeed.It reminded me of Joshua 1:9 and Jeremiah 29:11-13. Thank you and share more of this kind as they encourage us.


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