Once, while serving at Cambodia Bible School (CBS), helping the preaching students hone their public teaching and preaching skills, we worked on sermon illustrations. One of our students, Tola, said he had an illustration for John 3:16. He then proceeded to tell us that a few years ago his mother had a serious heart condition and would likely need a heart transplant. He said he offered to give her his heart. I asked him if he knew where that would leave him and he said, “Yes, I would die”. If you look closely at Tola’s photo you will see that he has had his own heart problems that required open heart surgery.
What an amazing young man! What great love for his mother! What a powerful demonstration of his future success as a servant of the Lord in ministry. Tola has since graduated and is sharing Jesus as a young house church leader in his village.