By Nancy Murphy –
In April my 81 year old father, Robert Bowbeer, was rushed to the hospital. Twice he was near death but miraculously pulled through each time. John and I had been leading a Way of the Master evangelism training class in Los Banos. On Friday, June 8, we visited my Dad at the hospital in Walnut Creek and then drove 2 hours to our class in Los Banos.
We got stuck in rush hour traffic and were 30 minutes late to the class. When we finally got there I explained why we were late and shared about my Dad’s situation and my concern for his soul. Afterwards one of the men came up to me and offered to go visit Dad and share Christ with him. We had recently learned about sharing the gospel with family members and it was recommended to have a friend talk to your relatives for you, because they will listen to a stranger more than they will listen to family.
Well, this man, John Baldini, went to see my Dad that Monday. He went in and introduced himself as a friend of ours and asked if he could talk about the Lord. John told me that my Dad listened very carefully to every word he said. John explained to him that none of us are good enough to get to heaven on our own because God is holy and demands perfection and we have all gone our own way and sinned against Him a multitude of times. The penalty for sin is eternal death in hell. But God is also rich in mercy and love and not willing that any should perish. That is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live the perfect, sinless life that we haven’t lived and then to die on the cross to take the punishment we deserve. We have all broken God’s Law and Jesus paid the fine for us when He died. 3 days later He rose from the dead and now, if we will repent and trust in Him we can be forgiven of all our sins and have eternal life. Then John asked if my Dad would like to put his faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior and he said yes! They prayed together and my father was born again.
I went to visit him 2 days later and I could tell by a few things he said that God had changed his heart and he was truly saved. I read to him Psalm 103 which he really liked and asked me to write it down for him to keep. We had a wonderful visit and when it was time to go I kissed him good bye and we both said I love you, not realizing that would be the last time I would see him this side of eternity.
Two days later, on Friday, June 15, just 4 days after trusting in Christ, the Lord took my Dad home to heaven in his sleep. God’s timing is perfect and I am praising Him for my dads salvation and for answering my prayers in such a miraculous way.
One of the lessons from this is that when you feel the Lord nudging you to talk to someone don’t put it off. I will be forever thankful to our friend John for going the extra mile and obeying Gods voice to seek and save the lost the way Jesus did.