Saving 669 children from certain death

wintonNicky’s Family is a documentary (Netflix) telling the amazing story of Nicholas Winton’s efforts to save Jewish children from the Nazis in Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War 2.  Winton was a stockbroker, 29 years of age, preparing for a holiday in Switzerland, when his friend told him about a growing number of refugees.  On a whim, he decided to go to Prague.  Deeply moved by the hopeless plight of Jews there, he  single-handedly set in motion a plan to take children out of the country to safety.  Only Great Britain would open its doors, but even then the bureaucracy creaked along too slowly.  Knowing that if he waited, children would die, he created a fictitious organization, gave himself a grand title, and printed fraudulent travel documents to make it happen, refusing to surrender to the ‘impossibilities’ that he met in his effort. Before the war broke out on September 1, 1939, he had arranged for 669 children to make their way to safety.  Winton never spoke of  his work and it was only when his wife found a scrapbook in their attic in 1988, did his amazing effort come to light.  His guiding principle was – “if it’s not impossible, then it can be done.”

What opportunities has God presented to you? What ‘impossibilities’ have you encountered? Have you given up, concluding that nothing can be done? Are you willing to take another look at the situation, asking for eyes of faith to see beyond the possible?

Jesus spoke of the difficulty of bringing a self-sufficient person into God’s realm.  He used a metaphor that made His disciples sit up and question Him. “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. I say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (Matthew 19:23-26, NLT)

Who do you know that has not yet surrendered his life to the Living Lord? Who among your friends does not yet know eternal life that is the gift of God?Before you tell me how hard it is to share Christ with them, before you tell me that they are just impossible, go back and read Jesus’ words – Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

Let Sir Nicholas Winton’s efforts inspire you.

Here is the word from the Word – “This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:14-16, NIV)

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6, NIV)

The world is waiting. What are we going to do about it?

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