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WITNESSING BY DEATH

I was on my way to the Gideons weekly prayer meeting when I got a telephone call from a friend to let me know of the following: a day before he had gone to the funeral of an acquaintance who died on September 8th, 2002 at the age of 43. His name was Ricardo Alacoque da Costa. Despite being married with three children he lived 42 years dissolutely, without any responsibility for himself or his family. However, in the last year of his life, he completely changed his behaviour from a loose-living life to a life of good habits, quitting addictions like cigarettes and alcohol, etc. Relatives and friends who knew him before were astonished with such a great transformation; his wife and children were surprised. As they searched for the documentation

for the funeral, great was their surprise when they found amidst his belongings a blue cover New Testament distribute by the Gideons. Aſt er curiously leafi ng through it, they found his confession of faith in Christ Jesus declaring that September 9th 2001 was the day that he surrendered his life to Jesus. This fact had a great repercussion among relatives and friends during his burial, promoting great curiosity. Many wanted to read the ‘little book’ that had changed Ricardo’s lifestyle so drastically. My friend told me that many curiously asked who the Gideons were. My friend remembered that I was a Gideon and asked me to tell him about this. He ended saying that the important part was the salvation of a soul that in the eyes of the world had no way out. However, through the word of Jesus found in the New Testament given to him by the Gideons, he was eternally saved. Ricardo’s family and friends thanked the giſt received, which will probably be responsible for.

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