After 20 Years of Estrangement, and 1 Hour Before We Walked By, Tony Returned Home

Elder Reinstein
Week 89

Photos from Ngwenya Mine, the oldest in the world - photo borrowed from "Week 90"

Photos from Ngwenya Mine, the oldest in the world – photo borrowed from “Week 90”

Well I just wanted to share the story of Tony.

As we were walking to a find a house Saturday afternoon, we stopped on the road, next to another house and asked a man if he knew the Maseko family.

“Well I don’t know the Maseko family, but I do know that you are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Well we were a bit surprised, and entered to speak with him, and his mother. Tony had run away from home at the age of 14 to escape his problems at home. His family thought he was dead. He went to Johannesburg and still faced many difficulties.

He life was changed when he met the missionaries for the first time and he became a member of the Church. He feared for years to go back and face his family.

Well after 20 years of estrangement, and 1 hour before we walked by, Tony returned home to Swaziland, to see his family again and help them build themselves up.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am to see you guys, I have prayed for this day for years. I can help my family financially and physically, but the greatest thing I can give them is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Gospel that changed my life.”

He was nearly in tears, we traded contacts and will help his family. Some may doubt why we come all the way to Africa to preach the Word of God when there seems to be so many greater problems. But the Gospel is the solution to all these problems, the panacea, the Great Uplifter, because of our Great Redeemer.

I am so grateful to be able to act as the Lord’s instrument here in Swaziland.

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