Dying For Christ

In May 2011, I sat on the lawn at Biola University in southern California watching my oldest son graduate. The Commencement speaker that year was a woman named Libby Little. She and her husband Tom had spent the previous 33 years in Afghanistan — bringing medical care and eyecare to remote villages high in the mountains. They served the Afghan people, long before many of us could find Afghanistan on a map.

Tom LittleIn August 2010 — just nine months before Libby Little stood behind that Commencement podium — Tom and nine other aid workers were ambushed and killed by the Taliban; their bodies riddled with bullets. The dead included six Americans, two Afghans, a Briton, and a German.

The group had spent nearly three weeks trekking across high mountains with donkeys and backpacks, sleeping under the stars and in shepherds’ huts by night. They traveled from village to village, ministering to the sick, the injured, and the suffering. At the end of their journey they returned to their Land Rovers only to find that the river had swollen during their absence and they had to wait to cross it. As they waited, they died.

As Libby Little reflected on her husband’s murder and that violent day, those of us in the crowd were moved by the injustice, the violence, and the senselessness. Horror, helplessness, and even anger crossed our minds. Yet Libby, resolute and faith-filled, proceeded to remind us (and the graduating class of that year) that her beloved husband Tom didn’t give his life for Christ in August 2010. He gave it for Christ many, many years earlier.

He was a bondslave of Christ; a slave by choice and a slave for life. May such conviction take hold of us all.

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12 Responses to Dying For Christ

  1. Jana says:

    I stand in awe of such humble servants of Christ. What great examples of living like Christ for God’s glory.

  2. Suzette Honore says:

    Hi David,

    I so enjoy reading your posts-thank you! I do hope you will continue with your posts during Lent. I appreciated how in past years all of us that were in observance were able to gain encouragement and strength from each other as we shared our journeys and what God was doing in us. Was it you who said Lent isn’t about what we “give up” so much as what we gain in and from Him? Take care and I look forward to your future posts.

    Suzette Honore’

  3. veritasstory says:

    A great reminder of when my life was given away. I can now live life completely secure in the knowledge that no one and nothing can take it from me, cause its now “hidden with Jesus”. Praise God for people like Libby and Tom.

  4. David I am grateful for your post and of course, for the message. Your writing always touches me where I need to be touched by HIS grace, HIS love. Thank you for sharing and for making me think this day.

  5. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing and reminding us all of this truth, Mr. Timms. Your messages are always so beautiful…I always enjoy reading them and reflecting on the Savior and His ways. Thank you! ❤

  6. Narelle Bignill says:

    Dear David, Lovely to hear from you and just wanted you to know how moving this little paragraph was for me. We often read things and let them fly through our brain but just sometimes, something we read wants to linger a little longer while we contemplate what we just read.

    I do often think about you guys? where you are and wonder how you are doing?

    I sometimes see a photo or two pop up.

    Your kids all grown up – and I know you have moved – do you ever return to Australia – I guess if you do you fly to WA.

    Fred has had a significant amount of sickness over the last 4/5 years but through it all we have grown and we are still getting on well all things considered.

    We have moved to Gold Coast and have a lovely apartment and are much closer to most of our children and grand-children, so it was definitely the right move for us.

    We see the Gainers reasonably often and share stories. Last year we also shared a lovely holiday overseas.

    Anyway love to you all – just reflecting on the times shared driving to and fro to work and also some very funny coffee times.



    • David Timms says:

      Narelle, thanks for the note. We did have a lot of great times and memories working together at the College. 🙂 Glad to hear that your move has been a good one. We miss you, the Gainers, and other dear friends. Would be so nice to catch up again. Much love to you and Fred. — David

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