As we were coming home from the 30-30 Ministries' DEER CAMP in Morgan County, we got a call that my brother and his family had been in a car accident. While waiting to hear how badly he was injured, Chandler began telling me that he was listening during the weekend's devotional time... and that our family is a mess. He asked me if I thought Uncle Steve had been saved or accepted Christ. I listened as he said that he can't imagine not going to Heaven to be with all of the people he loves.
He said that he really thought about it, and while he was fishing during camp, he prayed that God come into his life, and that he wants to make good decisions and live the right way. He said too many of his friends are lost and are not making good decisions, and this is why he doesn't hang out with them anymore.
He began to cry and told me that he was so thankful for allowing him to go on the hunt. He said his guide Rusty had talked to him as well, and he sees that there are good men out there and that not all dads walk away. He said, "Mom, I want to be a dad like Shannon, Brad, and the other men at camp..." My heart melted!
When we got home, I hugged him and prayed with and for him, and he prayed for his uncle. My brother broke his sternum and had a blood clot around his heart. He was in the hospital for three days. Last week he came to see us. I told him about Chandler, about the changes in our life that have happened so suddenly, and that if it isn't God working in our lives, then please explain it.
Chandler then asked my brother if he had been saved and shared the story of how Satan is always trying to trick you... how you can think you are a good person all you want, but until you accept Christ in your heart, then you won't go to Heaven. Chandler told my brother that he recently realized he was a sinner and asked Christ to forgive him of his sins and come into his life, and as a result he would now be going to Heaven. He told my brother he wants to see him there, too. My brother broke down sobbing, hugged Chandler and thanked him.
Later Steve told us that while he was in the hospital, all he could think about was what if he had lost his family that very day. He told Chandler that he too had prayed for God to come into his life, to help him be a better man/father. He told him, "Don't worry son, we all have to die sometime, but we will always be together in God's kingdom, and that he would never leave him!"
I am so thankful to you guys and 30-30. You spoke on a level that made sense to him. And I have no doubt that my son will grow into a fine, noble young man and be a great father. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!