February 21, 2008

Transformed: English slave trader and Karen refugees

Posted in cross cultural mission at 12:07 AM by alexlozada

Alex @ Mae La - rMy teammate Tom Moen said he was inspired by the faith of people who had been living under the conditions in the Mae La refugee camp for 20 years could still sing about Amazing Grace. As I thought about what he said, I remembered the story of John Newton, the English slave trading sea captain whose life was transformed by the Holy Spirit to become an evangelical pastor and hymn-writer. The site for the 2007 movie about William Wilberforce has some heart-warming background info – especially check out the left-side link that’s a short video about the song’s impact through the centuries.

The man who wrote “Thro’ many dangers, toils and snare, I have already come; ‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home” understood that the Spirit is present even in the hell-on-earth that men’s sins create. Pray that the Good Shepherd leads the Karen refugees home to Him, not matter where the politics of the region find them.

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