This afternoon both Mark and I have the opportunity to speak (20 minutes each) to a chapter of a nation-wide group of Japanese Christian businessmen. I have wanted to present Wheelchairs of Hope to them for several years now, but no one from the Deaf church, nor any non-Christian volunteer from the wheelchair cleaning days, are part of this group. Clearly all my wanting and trying to get invited was simply and only that.
Then this past June when 18 volunteers were leaving Japan for our Mongolia trip to distribute wheelchairs it happened. While waiting at the Tokyo airport to board the plane, a Christian volunteer (actually she had only been to two wheelchair cleaning days but really wanted to join the Mongolia trip) came and told me that there was someone she wanted me to meet. There at the same boarding gate, getting on the same plane as we headed for Ulaanbaatar, was a leader in this group (he was headed for the 2011 Asian Lausanne Conference.) My friend told him about Wheelchairs of Hope as I just stood there saying nothing. He offered his name card and an invitation to present Wheelchairs of Hope. Clearly this had nothing to do with my trying!
In Ulaanbataar it took a very long time for our luggage to arrive and this gentleman came to speak to me while Mark was standing next to me. After hearing about ViBi (the Japanese Sign Language Bible translation project) he invited Mark to speak too.
So it happened. For the second time already this month I am praying and asking God for courage and strength to lift Jesus up as I talk about Wheelchairs of Hope to a group I would never have been able to speak to without His working it out. We serve an amazing God. Will you please pray.