CANADA–Gerald Smith, head elder of the Maranatha Church in Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada, recently attended the Maritime Conference camp meeting where he heard Dave Crook, Gospel Outreach (GO) regional director for Northeast Africa, give a presentation. Inspired by what he heard, he determined to get involved by partnering with GO’s Adopt-a-Worker program.
Upon returning to his home church, he began promoting the idea of how members of the Maranatha Church could adopt a Bible worker and thus sponsor their own missionary. Helen Jones, a Maranatha Church member, heard Gerald’s appeal and shares her story:
Sometime after rescuing Barney, my stray cat, one of her teeth turned a strange color. I called a local veterinarian. He said, “This condition is not normal. We need to extract the tooth.” He estimated the cost would be $800 or more.
At church the following Sabbath, our head elder, Gerald Smith, was telling us about the GO Adopt-a-Worker program. I spoke up and told him, “Pray that Barney’s tooth will not cost $800. Whatever amount I save, I will donate to Gospel Outreach.”
A few days later, I received a phone call from a friend, and as we talked about pets, she told me about a veterinarian in another town whom she highly recommended. I called him. He told me, “I think I can treat your cat for only $300.”
I took Barney to him. When the vet examined her, he told me, “The tooth really isn’t bothering her; there is no need for an extraction.”
When I went to pay for his services, to my amazement, he only charged $120! It didn’t take me long to fulfill my commitment. I praised God and donated $700 to Gospel Outreach.
My prayer is that Barney’s story will be a catalyst which results in someone being in God’s kingdom.
Members of the little Maranatha Church in eastern Canada have raised enough money to adopt a GO worker for one year. They are continuing to raise funds to support their worker for a second year. How thrilled they are to be sponsoring their own missionary who is introducing people to Jesus in a foreign land!