Monday, May 14, 2012

meet Bushirika

the man God used to save my family's lives.
moving, shule party, bushirika after accident 237.jpgedit
He came to see us with a friend and as soon as they approached the door with a "hoodi' I got goosebumps.  What do you say to someone that risked their life to save those whom are the dearest to you?  How do you adequately express your gratitude for something you have never had to risk for someone else? I knew I could never express all I wanted to say but to fail to try would be an injustice and a true loss.  He walked in and smiled so big in relief to see our two little girls full of life. The girls respectfully greeted him and went back to floating between moments of happily playing and willfully fighting over the precious few toys left in our abode. We sat together and drank juice and water and talked about everything.  We told him how grateful we were to him and to the saving power of Jesus' name.  We soon learned he is a brother in the family of God.  The bride of Christ that stretches farther and wider than we ever know.  Mungu ni Mkubwa. God is big.  We talked and relived what had happened and heard his story as neighbors stopped over and skuli kids ran in and out listening and spying in on what we were discussing.  We read a 2 page letter in Kiswahili he had written describing his perspective and experiences that day and I cried just reading his words. And we learned even more about just how miraculous it is that they are here.  With me.

The power voltage was actually 360 volts not 220 as we had originally thought.  Bushirika was supposed to be at a meeting that day at church but had something come up so he was around the house that day.  That he heard someone screaming the name of Jesus and calling on Mwenyezi Mungu (Almighty God) and came running only to see what he described as 3 people who were dying.  He said when he came and saw them he had no idea what to do but then God told him to go get a piece of wood. We thought maybe he had seen or heard about electrocutions before but he had no clue but for the Spirit of God speaking to Him.  He did what God said and it saved them.  He put himself at risk to save my loves.  Once he pried them off the power source one by one he said that Annikah's face was like the face of death and he was sure she was dead.  He touched her heart and wrote he was asking "je uhai umo?" (Is there life inside?) He felt a heartbeat and knew there was still life left.  He then helped Jason get them to the hospital, stayed with them there, and prayed and asked God for mercy.  He repeated again and again that is was not him but God who saved them.  We agreed but also thanked him for being willing to be used.  We all have that choice everyday.  We discussed how God is using this to draw us and others closer to Himself.  Everything we continue to learn about this confirms what we knew in those emoments after the accident and want to remember now and always.  God works miracles and the name of Jesus is mighty to save.
Bushirika ended his letter writing
"Kwa hiyo jina la Bwana lihimidiwe na heshimu na utukufu ni kwa Mungu wetu. Asanteni."
(therefore blessed be the name of the Lord and honor and glory to our God. Thank you.) 
Could not have said it better in any language.
Grateful and Amazed,
  RoxanneSignature

16 comments:

it fits in said...

We have a good God.

it fits in said...

We have a Good God

Gma Rho said...

Oh what a blessing to hear this man's story and how God placed him there and spoke to him. I would love to hear the entire letter - but I'm sure you don't have a copy. God's ways are definitely beyond ours. SO thankful and grateful for the lives of my son and granddaughters!!

Bibi Ronnie said...

Amazing Grace! He is such a small, but mighty man. Thank him for me too, and thanks to Him who sent him!

Kim said...

What a might, mighty God we serve! How can we do anything but sit in absolute awe! So thankful, so moved to worship...so blessed to read this mans story, words and see his beautiful face. Wow. What a powerful way to start a Monday- reminded on God's personal presence, leading, power, and provision. Amazing. He hears our cries and answers. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

cowboyGeek said...

Thanks so much, Roxanne. I share many of your posts with close friends here in Idaho. This post will lead my devotions this week. Can't wait to see you all stateside.

kdzwriter@gmail.com said...

Incredible! Thank you so much for sharing!

Jess said...

Praising our God with you as the tears fall--thank you Father for using Bushirika to save your children.

jkww said...

Wow! The story just gets more and more amazing! It just makes my heart leap into my throat and pray "Praise God!". Seriously, Rox, I've shared bits of this story with a lot of people, including people who don't know Him, and every single last one of them has said something like "Thank God". Even people who don't 'believe'... Because there really is no other response. So glad you had the opportunity to talk with him before you leave.

christina g said...

A truly amazing testimony and indeed, our God is so good. Your story is such an inspiration...brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing! God bless from Coeur d'Alene, ID :)

barb tillson said...

Gods ways are mighty and miraculous..so thankful for the safety for your family..thankful for Gods protection and provision..I know He will this event to draw people to himself. I don't know how anyone can hear this and not believe the work of God in this. So thankful for this man who listened and obeyed.

jamie said...

oh my goodness rox- what a huge blessing to meet him and hear the God story.. seriously love this and freaking out cause i'm so so thankful! love you sister

jamie said...

and i love that jason was saying (might God) in his language.. bawling

Austrian Adventure said...

Wow! Isn't it amazing how God used Him as a piece of the puzzle that day to save Jason & the girls. God is great and it's so encouraging to my faith to hear how He was/is glorified through the trauma.

kristin said...

wow, i'm tearing up reading this. I had heard the story and assumed he just had figured out what was going on. What a miracle! Well, i thought it was a miracle anyway, but now even more so. Thank the LORD! I am so awed by this story!

misskatiez said...

your guardian angel