Rescue the Perishing: Officer Tori Matthews of the Southern California Humane Society got an emergency call: a boy’s pet iguana had been scared up a tree by a neighbor’s dog. It then fell from the tree into a swimming pool, where it sank like a brick. Officer Matthews came with her net. She dived into the pool, emerging seconds later with the pet’s limp body. As the Arizona Republic reported, she thought, Well, you do CPR on a person and a dog, why not an iguana? So she locked lips with the lizard.
“Now that I look back on it,” she said, “it was a pretty ugly animal to be kissing, but the last thing I wanted to do was to tell this little boy that his iguana had died.” The lizard is expected to make a full recovery. Tori Matthews didn’t see a waterlogged reptile; she saw a little boy’s beloved pet. We may never see the beauty in some people, but when we realize how much they mean to God, we’ll do what we can to keep them from drowning.
Life is sucking in some and swallowing up others. Men are definitely walking in darkness. Sin abounds, but as Paul writes, “grace more than abounds.” A church functioning as a Great Commission Resource Center climbs trees, dives into pools and whatever else it takes to rescue the perishing. Contact your Regional State Missionary and let us assist you in becoming a more effective GCRC.