Witnessing through adversity

By Dave Henning / August 23, 2012

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.”- 1 Peter 3:15

In Chapter 8 of Fearless, Max Lucado retells the story of Dr. Boris Kornfield, imprisoned in a Russian gulag in the 1950’s.  Born a Jew, he was befriended by a Christian in that gulag.  The two men engaged in rigorous discussions.  Ultimately, Dr. Kornfield became a Christian.

Sometime later he witnessed a guard stealing bread from a dying prisoner.  As a Christian, his conscience compelled him to report the crime, even though it could (and did) cost him his life at the hands of the guards.  But he needed to tell someone before retribution could be exacted.  The opportunity came in the form of a patient recovering from surgery.  Dr. Kornfield told the patient, still groggy from the anesthetic, about the crime as well as about his conversion to Christianity.  That patient, alert enough to ponder the doctor’s words, later embraced Christ himself and went on to write about his experiences in the gulag.  His name- Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

In the midst of his adversity, Dr. Kornfield witnessed his faith, having no idea of the world-wide impact his simple act would have.

The same is true for us.  Even in our transitional, Land Between time, we can be a shining light, illuminating what God is doing for us and how He has blessed us.  The impact just might be miraculous!



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