Sometimes in our lives, our faith is put to the test.
I have faith in God. He has been there for me more times than I can count. I have been blessed in my life so much, and I believe God placed a burden on my heart to help a stranger. In doing this, I believe He was testing the faith that I preach about more Sundays than not – the kind of faith that can move mountains. The kind of faith that will say to a stranger, “You can have a part of me to help you live.”
I currently pastor Independence Square Christian Church in Kannapolis. A few months ago, I donated my kidney to my new friend and brother in Christ, Don Herbert, who was in stage 5 kidney failure. We met at our church yard sale at the time. Little did I know, behind the smile, he and his wife Belinda were looking for hope. I was looking to make a difference at a little church I founded.
On March 8, against the odds of 1 in 20,000 chances, I was the perfect match and gave Don my left kidney. Unbeknownst to me, I had an aneurysm that the surgeon found during the operation. By listening to God and stepping out on faith, two lives were saved that day!
I share this story as a message of hope to someone who may be struggling with faith. The message is a simple one. Let go and let GOD! We are both doing well and appreciate the opportunity to share our story. Pastor Tim Jones, Kannapolis
Addendum to Rev. Jones’ story: Don Herbert had a liver transplant two years ago and could have gotten a new kidney then. But doctors felt his kidney function was fine. He believes God intended for him to receive Jones’ kidney – so that Jones’ life could also be saved.
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