God uses boring testimonies

December 15, 2017 at 6:00 AM

PMT Scott Kooiman does a team-building activity with the women from Dr. Ines Loker's ministry in Cordoba, Argentina.  (File photo)

(Editor's note: Scott Kooiman is commercial lending officer at Iowa State Bank in Orange City, Iowa. He is a member of a Partnership Ministry Team to Cordoba, Argentina, with his wife, Anne, along with Dan and Ruth Bentaas of Sioux Falls, S.D.)

God uses boring testimonies

By Scott Kooiman

I have a boring testimony, one that I’ve often taken for granted.

I grew up in a Christian family, and just as I have always known the love of my parents and loved them in return, I have always known that Christ loves me and that I love Him.

Of course, there have been trials and joys, dry spells and growth spurts, but that core truth has always been central to my life — central to my family’s life for generations.

And so, on a recent visit to a Luke Society ministry in Cordoba, Argentina, I was somewhat skeptical and apprehensive when I was asked to share my testimony.  After enjoying a hearty traditional “asado” (Argentinian BBQ) with a group of about 10-15 men from the local church, we spent some time sharing stories of God’s work in our lives. 

One man told of his miraculous recovery from a brain tumor.  Another, a successful businessman, talked about the health challenges of his children — two born weighing less than 3 pounds, and another with cerebral palsy. Another man was in jail when his first child was born. Others shared stories of abuse and broken relationships. 

Each was an incredible story of God’s wonderful intervention into broken, painful situations. All stories of finding hope, redemption and restoration. 

By contrast, my story seemed so boring. So uninspirational.

But, it is God’s story, how He chose to reveal himself in my life, and so I shared it with the men.

To my shock, one of the men, Lucas, (father to six daughters with another baby due in February) became emotional.  “This is our hope and prayer for our children and grandchildren!” he said.  “That from their earliest memories, they will always know the love of Christ, and that they will love Him in return.”

What a humbling experience.  What an incredible God! To think that He took this story of love and security, which I have so often taken for granted, and used it to bring hope and encouragement to these families.

As we said our goodbyes at the end of our visit, through laughter, hugs and tears, we shared prayers that the generations to come would have “boring testimonies.” 

It is my prayer also that both they and I would not take our stories for granted, for truly, they are not ours, but God’s.  May we share them joyfully and eagerly, and always for God’s glory.

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