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Cyber Daily Devotion
Volume 19 Number 096
Today’s Author: Pastor Bill
Scripture: Philippians 1:6
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” NKJV
Hello, my name is Reverend Carl Phofolo Tseana Call. The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Willowvale, South Africa. Everyone calls me Reverend C P. This is my Cross testimony of life after an assassination attempt.
January 25, 2017 started out as a pleasant day. It is the middle of our summer here in the Southern hemisphere. The day before had been very hot, and the coolness of the morning was welcomed.
I was working in my garden and my wife and children were gone. The growth of my vegetable garden was very large, and I was hidden by the plants. I heard a noise at the front of my house which broke the tremendous silence I was used to. I walked out of the garden to see what the noise was about. As I did a bullet rang out and hit my left wrist — followed by two more quick shots. One hitting my ankle and the final bullet hitting me in abdomen.
I fell immediately to the ground. I laid there bleeding and praying. Two young men approached me. The taller one spoke saying, “We have not come to rob you but kill you.” They searched me looking for my cell phone. They took it and left me to bleed to death.
I always carry two cell phones. I struggled to find the second cell phone and called a friend. He called the police immediately. It was 8:00 AM — the police showed up at Noon and transported me down the mountain to the hospital. It was a several hour trip. My angels were working overtime to keep me alive.
Upon arrival at the hospital I had immediate surgery. The bullet that entered my abdomen lodged in my back. It is still there today. The doctor said, “Based on the amount of blood loss and three gunshot wounds you should have been dead. God and his angels certainly intervened for your life.”
Four months later I returned home.
The two young men were caught and sent to prison.
That was the day in my garden that I learned my walk with Jesus protected me from death and there was still more for me to do for His Kingdom here on earth.
I grew up a few hours away from here in Qumbu, South Africa. My dad and mom were teachers. I was the 4th of 8 children. We were a church family and every Sunday found us in Church and Sunday school.
Growing up I was a sickly child. Unable to join in to the fun of others my age due to breathing difficulties. My mom always prayed for my healing. Then one day in 8th grade I challenged Jesus, “Jesus if you are real, heal me and I will serve you.” It didn’t take long, and I was playing alongside all the children.
I never forgot my Jesus challenge and my promise to the Lord. When I graduated High school, I went to school in ministry. I graduated and was ordained.
I met my wife Nokwanda at my second church. We have four children.
Today I’ve been here at Malan Mission Congregation for the past 21 years.
Throughout my ministry I have regularly prayed alone for hours. From time to time I hear the voice of God give me instructions. One that comes to mind was the Lord told me a lady would be coming to see me asking for a healing. I heard, “Pray for her and I will heal her.” Several days later a lady I had never met before came to see me asking for prayer and healing. I prayed and just as the Lord said she was healed.
When I arrived here at the Milan Mission the original church was still operational. It had been built in the 1800’s. It was time for a new building and the house needed a complete renovation. We completed those two projects with our new church dedication in 2011 and then the next year completed renovation of the house.
My favorite Bible verse is the entire 23rd Psalm which brought me great comfort during my whole gunshot ordeal and recovery.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever” NKJV
This Cross planted today is such a comfort and shows me that with all I’ve been through that Jesus cares for me. He is my King and Lord.
In the 1800’s when the original church was planted on a clearing, it was on the highest point in all the mountains around, it was because the Lord brought the people here. Today on that same property nearly 200 years later we can all see that the Lord still cares for us and is watching over us. Thank you Pastors Bill and Carol and your supporters for this Cross of confirmation.
Prayer: Father thank you that You are faithful through the ages to complete what You start no matter the obstacles. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
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