“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”Galatians 6:9
We often do not have the privilege of knowing how our lives, our words, and our attempts to share Jesus with others have made an impact on another soul. Sometimes it feels as if we’ve prayed until we can pray no more, encouraged until we are emptied out ourselves, and have given so much sound counsel that we feel we too may need counseling! But one day at the office many years ago, the Haven staff was blessed to know that their efforts had made a difference for someone.
A despondent man was in his car with the windows rolled up; he was poised to take his life. Something prompted him to search for music on the radio that would be fitting for what he was about to do. Scanning the stations, he came across the voice of First Mate Bob saying, “Ahoy, there, shipmate. Eight bells and all’s well.” He listened to the end of the program.
The next day he barged into the US office and told everyone that Haven had saved his life. Ernie Payne prayed with him to receive Christ. He was very much alive—both physically and spiritually—by God’s grace!
Jim Small, 68, lives in Surrey, British Columbia, and submitted this story. He has a passion for Haven and for keeping track of its precious memories.