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A Man Born Blind

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When my husband and I were international workers with The Alliance in the 1950s, a young man named Enoc was a member of our church. Each weekend Enoc would visit his home village and then return to our church in Koule, Guinea, West Africa, with a report on what he had seen and heard.

It was through weekly updates from his home village that we learned about a man named Gbusu. Each time Enoc saw Gbusu, he would start a conversation and share Christ. Week by week, when Enoc returned, he would report on Gbusu’s faith. He had received the Lord Jesus with his whole being. Here was a Friend who stayed with him always and was revealing Himself to a hungry, trusting heart.

Blind from birth, Gbusu had never learned to walk. His mother carried him to the field as she worked, but as he grew, that became impossible. She chose to leave him home by himself all day. How did she keep him from getting into the fire that smoldered inside the hut? How did she keep him from crawling away? She tied him to a pole that supported the porch! There he sat every day, for perhaps 40 years. To break the lonely monotony of his life, the villagers would stop and talk to him. They were his only contact with the world beyond his porch.

When friends from other villages came at mealtime, it was the custom for the hosts to share their food with them. Gbusu’s family used his food for the visitors, and he would go to bed without anything to eat. Gbusu told Enoc that whenever this happened, he would pray, and Jesus would take away the hunger. Gbusu would feel as though he had eaten a full meal.

When the church heard this testimony through Enoc, they realized that their Christian brother was being neglected by his family. After discussion and prayer, the church decided to bring Gbusu to their Christian compound and take care of him.

The students built Gbusu a small hut and made a hammock of vines, attaching it to a pole to be carried by two men. Four strong men went to bring Gbusu to Kouli, and he was soon installed in his little hut.

The Christian women took turns cooking extra food for Gbusu and washing his clothes. The students brought wood for his fire and carried water for him. Now our brother could bring his own testimony to church on Sunday evenings. His words always overflowed with joy, thanksgiving and love for Jesus.

Several months later, when an Alliance pastor from Atlanta, Georgia, toured West Africa, Christians lined up to receive his ministry of healing. Gbusu also wanted to receive prayer.

Gbusu prayed but did not receive his sight, and we wondered how this would affect his faith. When we asked him about it, he replied, “It would have been nice to see my friends and things in this world, but I don’t mind waiting for heaven, when I will see Jesus face-to-face. I’m saving my first sight for Him.”

When we left Kouli, Gbusu was living securely in the care of Christians, using his time to pray for the students and pastors who were taking the gospel to other villages. Later, we received a letter from Guinea telling us of his death: “Gbusu has seen the Lord.”

Suppose Enoc had been too busy on his visits to his home village to speak to Gbusu about his soul. A man enduring physical blindness would have continued into external darkness without hope.

Suppose the church had been unwilling to assume care of an almost completely helpless person. They would have missed the blessing of serving one of the least, whom Jesus said is like serving Him.

Suppose Gbusu’s voice should be missing when people from every tribe and nation join in praise to the Lamb. What a terrible loss!

Thankfully, Enoc spoke of Gbusu to his Christian brothers and sisters and started a wonderful series of events that changed a life for time and eternity.

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