Chaplain’s Corner: A Cloud of Witnesses

Group of people holding hands standing on a hill looking at sunset

By: Craig Maart

Hebrews 12:1 states, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” I assume you know the context of this verse is after chapter eleven, which showcases the “Wall of Faith”. People like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah are mentioned with the ways they were faithful to God. These and others from Bible times and in your personal life represent these “cloud of witnesses”. We need to be grateful for the examples who have gone before us to live faithful lives. 

A few weeks ago I got a call from one of these “cloud of witnesses” kind of people. George Lent, now at the young age of 83, shared with me how he drove starting on his birthday at age 23 until his birthday at age 63. He served with TFC Global as a driver. He knew Jim Keys, TFC Global’s founder, and had the privilege to be part of this ministry in the early years. As a driver he would minister to other drivers. He drove over the road and was based out of Allentown, Pennsylvania as well as Iowa and now lives in Arkansas. 

What impressed me the most was how he shared his heart for the trucking community. There is a new truck stop and many trucking companies around where he lives. He said his heart still longs for these drivers to get saved. At 83, he still is on fire for the gospel. He said, “I don’t have money, but I can pray and encourage those in the fight for the gospel”. He reads the Highway News magazine online. At 83, he is tech savvy enough to be online and read the magazine. I mentioned he could receive some magazines and distribute them at the truck stop and trucking companies close to him. He said he would talk with a friend. Within an hour after we hung up, he called back and said he and his buddy want to get 25 magazines a month to distribute. Amazing! 

We all need men like George Lent as a “cloud of witnesses” in our lives. The picture here is of George with a plaque he received many years ago in recognition of his service with TFC Global for the sake of the gospel and kingdom of God. “It’s right here on my wall” he said when I asked if he still had the plaque. Thank you, George. 

As you can see, you are capable of helping with the work of TFC Global. Eternity hangs in the balance for every human being that lives. Let George be an example and motivation for you to engage and help get the word out about why TFC Global exists.

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