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Chapter 1 -12- I don’t

Chapter 1 -12- I don’t know what happened back then, but I forgive you for leaving me so long ago. “I promised God that if He would let me find you, I would tell you what He’s done for me and what He can do for you.” Her nervousness faded as he continued. “Jesus came to set us free. I was bitter toward you for many years and so depressed that once, when I was 14, I tried to commit suicide.” “I’m sorry,” she managed to whisper. “That’s when God saved me. I cried out to Him, asking forgiveness, asking Him to help me. The Bible says, ‘And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’” He described his years in Vietnam, how God had taught him to share the gospel with the brokenhearted, how he had been praying for her. “I’ve been praying that God would let me find you and help you, Gwen. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted... to mend families like ours. Do you understand what He did?” “I–I’m not sure,” she stammered. Then he explained how God put our sins on Christ who took them to the cross where they died with Him. “The penalty for sin is death,” he explained. “So Christ died for us. He rose from the dead, victorious over sin and death, proving the debt was paid for all who believe in Him. ‘ For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn Republished by Witnessing Made Easy 2018

Chapter 1 -13- the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.’” By then she was weeping. “Would you like to receive Christ now, Gwendolyn?” Tears flowing freely, she nodded and prayed to receive Christ as her Savior. God had answered his prayers beyond his expectations. Right away he called and told his adoptive parents, and they supported his decision to spend Christmas with his birth mother. He also called Ruby, who was delighted to hear the good news. A few months later, he visited other friends in Florida who were eager to hear about the reunion with his mother and how God had worked in their lives. They had a houseguest, a nurse from Canada named Betty, and Tom liked her immediately. She had heard about the momentous meeting with his mother and listened joyously as Tom told of God’s goodness. “If I had not given my bitterness to the Lord, He couldn’t have used me the way He did to help my mother.” “Forgiveness is the key that opens the door to peace,” she agreed. “But that’s not all,” Tom said. “God really started restoring our family. We found my half-sister who was also adopted as a baby! And then, since we were on a roll, we decided to hunt for Gwen’s sister, my aunt.” His friends were amazed. “You mean your mother’s Republished by Witnessing Made Easy 2018