“Let us not become weary in doing good...we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Galatians 6:9 [NIV]
The name Corrie ten Boom is widely recognized in Christian circles, but few people know about her nephew Peter who was also instrumental in saving Jews from Nazi persecution. When Dutch patriots heard that SS troops were sending Jewish orphans to concentration camps, they smuggled children out of orphanages and brought them to the ten Boom house until they could be placed for adoption.
At sixteen, Peter, a committed Christian, defied the Germans by pulling out all the stops on the church organ and playing the Dutch national anthem while the congregation stood up and sang. After World War II, he travelled the world with the same message as his aunt - that forgiveness is the only answer to hatred.
On tour in Israel, Peter had a heart attack and needed surgery. Talking with him the night before his operation the cardiologist asked, “Are you by any chance related to the ten Booms of Holland?”
Peter replied, “Yes, that’s my family.”
The doctor responded, “I’m one of the babies your family saved!”
The next day, the man whose life had been saved forty years earlier repaid the debt by saving Peter van Woerden’s life.
The Bible says when you, “Cast your bread upon the waters... after many days you will find it again” (Ecclesiastes 11:1 NIV). What you sow - good or bad - comes back to you. So, “Let us not become weary in doing good... at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Remember, God is no man’s debtor, and no matter how long it takes, He will honour His Word.
Pastor Ng Francis