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InterACTION - November 2018 Spared from Death and Made Alive in Christ

By Larissa Zook as told to Erin Bruzda

Megan’s* mind grasped for understanding

when her eyes fluttered open to find herself in a hospital bed. Where were her friends? Hadn’t she just been at a party? Soon enough, the missing pieces of her memory were filled in by others. She’d left the party wasted, as was typical enough, but this time she was driving alone and

there had been a terrible accident—one she should not have survived.

*Name Changed

Once recovered physically, she spent three days in jail for reckless and intoxicated driving. During her time there, Megan was spiritually awakened. Her difficult childhood had been filled with stress, fear, sadness and no talk of God. Yet, she remembered with fondness the only year in high school she had attended our church youth group, where she’d first heard about God’s love for her. We told her of hope and purpose that could only be found in the one true God. She had drifted from those meetings and forgotten those truths… but now her eyes and heart were open! She was so hungry to know this God who had spared her life—as wretched as it was—that she spent those three days pouring over His Word.

The Lord your God is in your midst; He is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; He renews you by his love; He shouts for joy over you.” ~ Zephaniah 3:17 ~

Once out of jail, she heard a startling account from an older female acquaintance. Ruth* explained that during the night of the accident, she woke up with a sense of urgency to pray for Megan. She prayed for her protection and for angels to surround her. Megan was told by a friend who had witnessed the accident, that she’d seen two others seated in the vehicle, but the police report said they found her alone. This was only further encouragement and proof to Megan that the God of the universe had reached down and saved her from her own destruction. She was filled with awe and love for Him.

*Name Changed

Megan has been sober and clean for two years now and gives God all the credit! I am especially grateful to God for allowing us to reconnect with Megan after so many years. She was excited when I offered to do a weekly Bible study with her. Now I pray as we study God's Word together that her love for Him will be completed as she learns of the Savior who took the punishment for her sins.

God often uses circumstances to draw unbelievers to Himself, just as He also “works all things together for our good” as believers. (Romans 8:28)

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~1Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~

Tim and I have been working with Native Alaskan teenagers through the Fairbanks Native Bible Church for 15 years. We have 3 young sons who are a big part of our ministry. Though our ministry focuses on junior high and high school students, we keep it loose enough to include ministry to our church members, the families of youth members, and youth group alumni. It has been a blessing to watch the teens grow into adults and start families of their own. Many invite us to their children's birthdays or just stop by for a visit. Many grow up to make poor choices as adults, leading them to addiction or prison. Megan was one of those, but not any longer!

As we celebrated... an October Thanksgiving Holiday in Canada, and look toward a holiday of thanks in the US this month, InterAct Ministries gives Glory to God for:

  • Opportunities to pour the light of Christ into hearts of least-reached peoples from three countries on two continents of the North Pacific Crescent.
  • Over 67 year-long history of significant ministry and wise leadership, as a foundation to consistently move forward with God’s call to seek and save the lost.
  • The blessing of field staff, who have sacrificed and persevered through sometimes extreme obstacles and circumstances for the sake of the Gospel.
  • His great provision to continue this work through prayers and support from ministry partners, for who whom we pray that “more be credited to your account.” (Philippians 4:17)
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:15 ~

InterACTION is a monthly publication of InterAct Ministries

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