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Wild Witness

by Stephanie Smedberg

Not allowing anything to stand in his way, Uncle Wally told people about Jesus. Are you that brave?

 My Uncle Wally loved the Lord very much. He was raised a Seventh-day Adventist, he went to a Seventh-day Adventist school, and he chose to be baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It wasn’t until later on in his life that he began experimenting with alcohol and drugs.

Then Uncle Wally found out he had brain cancer. He underwent two surgeries, but they didn’t cure him. Uncle Wally’s doctors told him that he had only six months to live. That’s when Uncle Wally decided to change his lifestyle—he began eating totally different food.
I thank the Lord for this miracle: Uncle Wally came back to God. He got rebaptized and decided to work for God. Uncle Wally went door- to-door telling people about Jesus Christ and giving them Bible studies.
I went to church with Uncle Wally as often as I could. He helped me to get to know Jesus better, and I decided to be baptized. Now I tell my friends about Jesus all the time. If it weren’t  for Uncle Wally’s influence on me, I wouldn’t even bother witnessing.
Then, six years after finding out about his brain cancer, Uncle Wally had to go back to the hospital. He was dying. There Uncle Wally breathed out and gave God his last breath. He’s now sleeping in Jesus, waiting for Him to come (1 Thessalonians 4:13-16).
Looking back on those six bonus years God gave Uncle Wally, he told anyone and everyone he came in contact with about Jesus—he let nothing stand in his way. Every time I think of Uncle Wally, I wonder, Am I being brave enough to tell people about Jesus like Uncle Wally did? Are you?
Jesus said: “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14, NKJV).* Let’s all do our part to tell others about Jesus so He can soon return. I can hardly wait to see Uncle Wally again.
*Texts credited to NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Stephanie Smedberg’s hobbies include writing poems, taking photos, reading at night, planting gardens, and talking on the phone. She writes from Michigan.

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