But wait… there’s more. The trip out to Seattle and Portland was incredible. We truly were in the FOG (Favor Of God). We couldn’t believe how the Turners had so richly blessed us not only with their generosity but with true koinonia like fellowship! As we were enjoying our time out west we never realized that the Lord was orchestrating this trip way before we even knew the timeliness of it. Dec 1,2016 to be exact. As we were coming to the end of our trip, Scott received a call from Barb that his Uncle Jerry was not doing well and taking a turn for the worse. That was Tues March 28, 2017. We were scheduled to fly back to Cleveland the next day so we had to make a quick decision on what to do. It was basically a no-brainer, we needed to get to Jerry as soon as possible. We had several of our friends, supporters, and family members praying for God to intervene on behalf of Jerry. The Lord provided a flight out the very next morning at 6:00 am and we would arrive in Phoenix AZ at 8:30 am. We got to Jerry about 9 and he was sitting up in bed but not looking so good. He was totally coherent and even in the state he was in, he was his usual sweet self. Scott said he had been praying for him not only for his health but for his spiritual condition as well. Jerry said ” I hope it’s not too late. ‘ And Scott reassured him that it wasn’t. Scott invited Jerry to call upon the name of Jesus and to ask Him to forgive him and be the Lord of his life and Jerry said, “Sure.” So Scott started to lead him in a prayer and as he did, Jerry wanted to say it in his own words, and Jerry asked Jesus to forgive him of his sins and to wash him clean. We were in awe of this moment!
You may not realize the enormity of this? We had been praying for this desperately as a family for years and years and even when Jerry had the surgery 2 years prior for his cancer, we thought he might be more open to hearing the Truth since life seemed so fragile. He did listen to us as we explained the Gospel to him, but he maintained that our beliefs were good for us but not for him.
Scott has always had a close relationship with Jerry. He was more like a father figure to him and as time went on we felt more and more discouraged that Jerry would ever believe. BUT GOD…..
But God had other plans. He was orchestrating through the Turners all the way back in the beginning of Dec and probably even earlier, that we would be out west at the precise time so that we could catch a flight quickly to get to Jerry in time. The amazing thing about this is that shortly after Jerry prayed, he started to go in and out of being coherent and that was pretty much the last time we really had a true conversation!
Of course this is a bittersweet time for us. Bitter for us because we love and miss him but so VERY sweet for Jerry!!! He is in the presence of Jesus forever! Jerry is free from worry, pain, regret. He is walking in freedom, joy, and he is going to live forever with his Lord.
Do you want to have the peace that Jerry has? Do you want to know where you will live forever? Most people only think about their life here on this earth and don’t realize that their eternity hangs in the balances. This IS the most important question that you’ll ever ask, so you should make sure you have the right answer. Please contact us if you have further questions about where you will spend eternity.