Railton had a problem with 'Trade' selling goods emblazoned with the name and pictures of the Founder goodness knows what he'd make of baseball caps with the slogan 'Black Dyke Mills Band'? (they, unlike long sleeved uniform shirts, can be bought at 'Trade'.) Mind you, there's probably more soul saving usic on a Black Dyke CD than a Staff Band one but cynicism is not what this blog is about - far from it!
On the way back I settled down on the train, plugged into the IPOD ready for a time of prayer when a young African girl came and sat opposite me – "Excuse me sir' she began and then noticing the red shield on my sweatshirt said 'Oh.. you're already a Christian... that's OK... sorry to disturb you...' Then she went to go, I stopped her and asked her if she was about to share her faith with a middle aged stranger?
One of her New Year resolution's was to share her faith whenever she travelled by train – she travels by train twice a week. I praised her for her courage, told her how impressed I was and she allowed me to pray for her.
Her name was Violet, she was 21 having moved to the UK at the age of 16.
Three years ago while in Zimbabwe on holiday her Father (aged 43) was tragically killed in a car accident – the family had to come home without him.
Yet in spite of all of this Jesus shone out of her face and I am certain that had I not been a believer she would have had a conversion on that train!
God is so gracious, fancy sending young African missionaries into 'Heathen England'!
Please pray for Violet and for the Elim Pentecostal Church she attends in Morden, pray for her enthusiastic and brave evangelistic efforts, pray for her 1 year old daughter, pray for her Mum and sisters, pray for Zimbabwe and pray for her new stepdad who is currently stranded in South Africa and if you've any room left on your prayer list maybe you could squeeze one in for 'Darkest England!'
Thank you God for Violet she made my day?
Grace and Peace, A