From: Francis Harper
Divine Appointments - Testimony
The Lord has arranged divine appointments for me on numerous occasions, several of which I have previously written in Great Treasures of Knowledge, pages 62-72. More recently, I have been blessed with some additional divinely orchestrated encounters.
My meeting with Dr. Ram C. Baral on January 16, 2002, was more than mere happenstance. Our meeting in Columbia, South Carolina, led to his eventual baptism on September 20, 2003, and his ordination the following day.
My acquaintance with Brother Ram engendered within me a deep desire to meet his family and others in his native land of Nepal. This led to my first trip there in 2004 and the twelve additional excursions there since that day.
Brother Baral had met Dil Gurung in the year 2000. It was through Brother Ram that I met Dil Gurung for the first time, on November 2, 2005. The Lord had been preparing Dil to receive the good news of the Restoration since 1990, fifteen years before. It was by meeting Dil and others in his fellowship, such as Prakash Pradhan, his brother-in-law Janak Sunwar and other members of his family, that the Lord’s work began to flourish throughout Nepal, Northeast India and Sikkim.
The Lord has utilized divine appointments to accomplish the evangelistic task of the church from the beginning. The meeting of Simon Peter, a Jewish believer, with Cornelius, a gentile, is a classic example. The story has been preserved for our edification in Acts 10.
“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, . . . a devout man that . . . prayed to God always. He saw a vision . . . an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, what is it Lord? And he said unto him, thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before me. And now send men to Joppa [near present-day Tel Aviv], and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter; He lodgeth with one Simon, a tanner, whose home is by the seaside [Mediterranean]; he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do” (Acts 10:1-6).
Meanwhile at Joppa, while Peter was waiting for his noon meal, he “went up upon the housetop to pray.” While he prayed, he fell into a trance in which he was told to eat what he had been taught not to eat, as a Jew. The vision was given to him “thrice . . . while Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them” (Acts 10:9-20).
The next day Peter went with the men to meet Cornelius. Their meeting is given in great detail in Acts 10:24-35. Their divine appointment is summarized in these words: “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons; But in every nation he that feareth him is accepted of him” (Acts 10:34-35).
As Paul wrote to the Romans, “. . . the gospel was the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). And we could add: to the Americans, Asians, Africans, and . . .
Many other divine appointments are mentioned in the Scriptures, such as Alma and Amulek (Alma 6:25-28), Paul and Ananias (Acts 9:6-20), Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40).
Pray for divine appointments.
I send my love to all,