We love to hear the stories of great people of faith, in the Lord. We are using a testimony of Faith, from The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
OFJ often tells us about his decision he made at a Billy Graham Crusade in 1968. Only Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend, knows how many countless numbers of people, who have come to know the Him through the tireless work of this amazing and wonderful organization. and there are many other wonderful organizations, who are going into the world, to spread the Gospel Message. It is good to acknowledge the great work of these faithful ministries and the many wonderful people who support them.
The message gives new meaning to witnessing all the way through ones’ life, as Andy was still witnessing despite his impending death.
Andy Meakins used his life to witness every day, and he did so to his last breath. It is this same urgency that drives all we do at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as we seek to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible.
Andy Meakins was a gentle giant of the faith, an Englishman who loved Jesus Christ and served Him in Africa for many years. In 1996 an Ethiopian Airlines flight was hijacked and crashed into the ocean just off the Comoros Islands after running out of fuel-you may have heard the story. The dramatic moment of impact was caught on home video and broadcast around the world. Only later did we learn of something even more dramatic happening in the cabin as the plane headed for disaster.
Andy Meakins and his wife were on that plane, seated together. The hijackers demanded to be flown to Australia even though there wasn’t nearly enough fuel for that distance. As they neared the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean, one engine flamed out, and the pilot told passengers that the remaining engine would soon run out of fuel as well. Immediately, Andy’s wife heard the snap of a seat belt being unbuckled and turned to see her husband stand up.
“Many of us might die in this crash,” he called out, “so there’s something you need to know.” Andy then began explaining the Gospel simply and urgently, moving to each part of the cabin so that everyone would hear. He invited people to place their trust in Jesus Christ in repentance and faith. A flight attendant heard Andy’s words, bowed her head, and asked Jesus to forgive her sins and come into her heart. She watched many more respond and, along with another survivor, later told the story. Of the 175 people on board, 125 died, including Andy, who was still on his feet preaching the Gospel as the plane hit the water.
Every day tens of thousands of people slip from this world into eternity-the vast majority unprepared, “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1, NKJV). We need to take every opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ and the truth of the Gospel, the only message that will make a difference to a lost soul. Just like an airplane going down, time is running out.
The Joy of witnessing, was evident as apart of Andy’s life, but Andy’s testimony, as impressive and inspirational as it is, should not be alone story. It should be apart of all our lives, The Joy of sharing, The Gospel Message, which can transform peoples lives.
Be blessed Today and Everyday,
From Your Friends at My Lord My Friend Ministries