The Treasure of Faith
By Natalya M, Editor/Producer for TWR
One day recently the telephone rang in our TWR studio. “I am your constant listener,” the caller began. “My name is Paul, and my wife Tonya is with me. We have come from one the provinces and would very much like to meet you.” The voice was friendly and had so much hope and sincere interest that I agreed to meet the couple outside a local church on Sunday.
I did not know what to expect or what we were going to talk about, and wondered why they would want to see me. But a promise is a promise. I filled my purse with programme schedules, donation blanks and a few books as gifts for them.
As I arrived at the church what I saw was beyond all expectation! Before me was a very old couple, their faces covered by grids of deep wrinkles, but with bright smiles running across them. The tender light in their eyes dumbfounded me. I had gotten used to the busy city faces that had lost this light in the bustles of life. More often disappointment and offence are written in them.
In front of me were Paul and Tonya. For economic reasons they had bought a house in a region, but there is no church in their village and radio is the only Christian fellowship. They record the programmes and listen to them over and over again. Tonya recited to me poems from famous classics, and Paul shared Scripture verses learned by heart. He was tenderly holding her hand, and smoothing out strands of hair that had fallen into her face. I was deeply touched by so much tender emotion at such an old age. Only God could give them such strength and joy.
They pray for grace to become 100 years old. They still work around the house, walk for two hours daily, and pray for two hours, including for TWR. They help younger neighbours, and have no time to watch TV, since they much prefer to “look into each other’s faces”!
I presented them with the books and the new programme schedules but kept the donation blanks to myself. Seeing their poor clothing, every penny must have been special to them. But when we said good-bye, Paul called me aside and presented me with an envelope. There inside was about £4.50. This donation was like the hugest treasure I had ever held in my hand. They gave not from their abundance, but out of their poverty, and it came from their hearts, from the deepest depths. And I deeply believe that God blesses such ordinary and yet such very special people.
They left tenderly supporting each other’s arms. I will forever remember those eyes filled with kindness for each other and with love for God, and their many words of thanks for our ministry. It is meetings like this that strengthen my daring to talk about God in the programmes of Trans World Radio.
Trans World Radio.
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Tel: 0161 923 0270
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25 June 2010