Preparing For Heaven

by The Gideons International on January 15, 2016


December 22, 2015, was one of the busiest days in our family business. We manufacture and sell granite cemetery markers and monuments. Around 2:00 pm, an elderly woman came to our office reception area, and I immediately sensed an urgency in her countenance.

Her name was Janice, and she told me she had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She had been advised to begin thinking of preparations for her funeral. I asked Janice on a scale of one to ten how sure she was that she would be going to heaven. She told me seven. I then asked her if she would like to be at a ten, and she responded yes without hesitation.

Janice admitted there were areas in her life that needed “cleaning up,” and while she talked about doing better, her actions never followed suit. She indicated she had heard the Gospel message at a revival meeting twenty years prior, but she remained unsure of her salvation. I took her through a few verses in a New Testament and explained how Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

I continue to stand amazed at witnessing opportunities God places right in front of us. These open doors do not usually occur at convenient times. They come in the hustle and bustle of life and can easily be missed because we are so busy. In retrospect, there was nothing at work that day as important as sharing Jesus with Janice.

Before she left, Janice signed and dated the back of her New Testament. On a scale of one to ten of her certainty about going to heaven, Janice said she was now at a ten.

Our God reigns, and this meeting was all for His glory.
Grady Phillips, Fairfield County Camp, South Carolina

Edited by The Gideons International 

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Ivan January 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Another prayer answered. Thank you God for answering our prayer for Janice.


Helen January 16, 2016 at 5:51 am

Thank You Lord, thank You for this man, connected with the Gideons, to bring assurance of salvation to Janice!!! Thank You Lord, for his obedience to Your call – Thank You for his example to remind me to be open at all times to Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for the Gideons, for their continued efforts to bring Your Word to a dying world. amen!!


ROBERT BYUMANINE January 17, 2016 at 6:19 am

To God be all glory! Praise God!


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