Modern Day Paul and Silas Testimony


On Sunday the 10th, I got a call from a unknown number and when I answered the phone, the lady on the other end said, “Will you receive a call from a gentleman named Itai?”  I excitedly accepted the call and Itai began to tell me how he had been arrested at the boarder and thrown in jail for 4 days.  The border patrol was willing to let him go but he needed R300 sent by wire so that he could by a train ticket back to Cape Town.  I sent the R300 to him and never talked to him again.  On Thursday, I went out to the tunnels around mid-afternoon and I could tell that Phibeon, Itai’s fill-in, had a strange smile on his face.  As I walked by the container, I saw my long-lost buddy Itai changing his clothes and preparing to work.  I can’t tell you how happy I was to see his face. Itai has become one of my dearest buddies and I really had begun to think something had happened to him. (often the case around here)  Anyway….The plants even seem relieved that he was back!!!

On Monday, we were having our devotion as we normally do and at the end, Gilda asked Itai if there was anything he wanted to tell us about his trip.  He began to tell us about being harrassed and arrested at the boarder.  He said, “they took my phone, camera, and money and threw me in jail because they said my paperwork was wrong.  They told me that they were calling for a truck to take me back to Zimbabwe the next day.  As I sat in a big jail cell filled with people, I began to read my bible and pray.  Three men soon approached and asked me if I was Christian.  I told them yes and that if they were Christian, we needed to band together in prayer so that they didn’t send us back to Zimbabwe.  We began to pray together and after a few hours, we began to sing songs to our God.  The other prisoners were yelling for us to stop but we just kept singing and praying.  The next day the guards told us that the truck that had been sent to fetch us had broken down on the way but another one had been sent and would be there Saturday night.  I encouraged my brothers to continue to pray for God to deliver us.  If we were sent back, we would be unable to provide for our families and our children.  We prayed all night and even introduced other prisoners to our God.  The next morning, they told us that the second truck had broken down and they were going to let us go.”  Then Itai said something that brought tears to my eyes……..He said, “I didn’t mind being in jail because I knew I was were God wanted me to be and doing what God wanted me to do…….it was hard to leave.” (See verse below)

The words I type simply can’t carry the weight of this testimony.  I have worked side by side with Itai for 5 months now and have learned so much about faith by watching him.  He loves the Lord and lives it out!  He moves with a patience and confidence that can only come from above.  We come from different worlds but we are “Brothers in Christ”!

“All the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.” ~Psalm 139:16


One Response to “Modern Day Paul and Silas Testimony”

  1. Will VanDyke Says:

    What an amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I was hoping you would give us an update on Itai. I heard about the first half of his story. I am amazed at what is going on with your life in SA. I am praying for you, your family, and your now extended family. Stay rougher than goat’s knees!

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