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Sir Nicholas Winton holocaust survivors

The last few days there has been a lot of internet buzz on Sir Nicholas Winton who helped saved 650 Jewish children from the Nazis during World War two.  A Youtube clip of a 1988 British TV program reuniting him with the kids he rescued went viral.

This was People’s Magazine’s account of the story:

Sir Nicholas Winton is one of the lesser-known figures of World War II. He organized the rescue of over 650 children (mostly Jewish Czechoslovakians) in an operation called the Czech Kindertransport.

The children were destined for the Nazi death camps, and Winton was instrumental in getting them safe passage to Britain.

After the war was over, Winton didn’t brag about his exploits. In fact, he didn’t tell a soul for half a century, not even his wife Grete. Then, in 1988, Grete found a scrapbook dating to 1939 in their attic.

It held all the children’s photos, a list of their names, letters from some of their parents, and other documents. It was the first time she’d learned of her husband’s story.

Later that year, the BBC program That’s Life aired a reunion between Winton and the children – obviously now grown adults – he rescued. Winton was surprised when one of the children he rescued was revealed to be seated beside him, so imagine how he felt when the show’s host asked if there were any other people he’d helped to save in the audience and two dozen others stood and applauded.

Here is the emotional video:

This also got me thinking.  It made me think about the Christian life and the task of witnessing in the perspective of eternity.  While God is the one who does the saving at times the Apostle Paul use language to describe his human responsibility of evangelism as acts of saving others.  For instance, 1 Corinthians 9:22 states, “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.” (see also Philemon 19 about Philemon “owing” his life to Paul).

I wonder if in heaven we will meet those whom the Lord has used us as imperfect vessels to share the Gospel with.  Think of the people you have given a tract to, someone who was a stranger whom you got to witness many years ago that you might have forgotten.  A co-worker whom you planted seed who has moved on and you no longer have contacts with who later came to a saving knowledge of Him.  God does not owe us anything to show us fruits now (though sometimes he does) nor do we really deserve any merit of justification before God with our obedience and hence we shouldn’t have an elevated view of our witnessing.  But to imagine…one day meeting those whom the Lord saved and He has used you through it.

That’s quite eye watering.  This is one thing I can’t wait for heaven–to see the testimonies of how He used His people.

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