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2 lives saved by this act of faith

Don Herbert, left, received a kidney from Rev. Tim Jones this spring. Jones reports that during the operation, the surgeon discovered he had an aneurysm. “By listening to God and stepping out on faith, two lives were saved that day!”
Don Herbert, left, received a kidney from Rev. Tim Jones this spring. Jones reports that during the operation, the surgeon discovered he had an aneurysm. “By listening to God and stepping out on faith, two lives were saved that day!” Courtesy of Tim Jones

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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Did a stranger step in to offer you help out of the blue? Email rwilkerson@charlotteobserver.com. Include name, hometown and daytime number. Or mail Everyday Angels, Charlotte Observer, 600 S. Tryon, Charlotte, NC 28230. Roland Wilkerson

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