I remember of a dramatic episode I lived through in South, Africa. Apartheid had just ended and the country was on the brink of war due to the first democratic election which would take place. It was horrible; there was death in the air.
I wanted to take lunch to my husband and noticed things had calmed down outside, so I got on the bus to go. But to my surprise, as I was heading toward Park Station, where the church was located, a very violent protest was beginning to break out. I had no way to go back home.
When the bus stopped on the block of the church, the sound of gun shots came from every side. I don’t know from where, but a policeman came and escorted me to the church. I wasn’t afraid to die, but I’m sure that on that very day an angel of God protected me and brought me to the church. How can you explain the things of God? When we go through moments like these, there are no words to explain, because God’s immensity is infinite.
After a few months, we went to help the Church in Soweto. On a Sunday, as we were closing the church, all of the sudden a shootout between rival gangs burst out right on the street where we were. Bullets flew from every direction including onto people on the sidewalks. Immediately my husband pushed me to the ground and then came down himself, in order to dodge the bullets. After a few minutes, we noticed there were no more shots fired, so my husband found us transportation and we went home safe and sound. But on our way, we saw the bodies of those who had died on the sidewalks.
Not for a single moment did I think of giving up the Work of God, or ask myself what I was doing there. When we know God is with us and He’s in control, nothing keeps us from moving forward. The hand of God was always present in our lives. When God has a plan for you, nothing – and no one – can keep it from happening. I praise and thank God for everything we went through because I know that His word will never fail. And He said:
“…Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.” Isaiah 43:1-2
You are My God
Ruth Nunes, pastor’s wife, currently in The Philippines.
Author of the books "Better than a new pair of shoes", "V woman" and "Casamento Blindado" (Bulletproof Marriage). Founder of "Godllywood" and "Rahab Project". Presenter of "The Love School" at Rede Record.