I preached my first sermon yesterday since the stroke in July. I spoke in the Evangelical Free Church in Aschaffenburg - the date had been set up early in the year prior to the stroke. The church had heard about my condition, prayed for my welfare and requested an update on my condition. So I briefed the church about being in the Uniklinik in Frankfurt. It is always a joy to relate how God has performed a miracle and touched my recovery - beyond all expectations.
Following the sermon, a woman dressed in yellow stood before me (not in scrubs, but in a nice yellow outfit)to thank me for bragging on Jesus. She stated, "everything you said is true I am the nurse that monitored your vital signs during you surgery - I remember you clearly. It is good to see someone so sick standing, talking articulately following such a damaging stroke. We would not have expected this, seeing what we saw on that day."
It brought tears to my eyes to be able to thank one of the team that labored so valiantly to save my life, and to encourage her - her work has paid rich dividends.
What a joy to be able to express gratitude and invite her to pass it on to the rest of the team - Jesus has done so much. Praise His name. I am so amazed how He arranges such meetings. Way beyond anything I could ever imagine. God is amazing!
Keith, originally from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, has been planting a church in Aschaffenburg, Germany for over thirty years. Daughter churches have also been started and missionaries have been sent out of the congregation. Annually, he participates in encouraging other European church-planters and frequently travels to visit them in their respective field of service.