A Chance Meeting that Saved a Life.

A Chance Meeting that Saved a Life.

By The Rev. Nigel Mumford+

The prayer team of “The Welcome Home Initiative” (WHI) and I were having lunch before WHI program number twelve.  I saw a man sitting by himself and went up to him.  I introduced myself and sat with him for a while.  He was not part of the program. The combat vets were arriving later.  This man told me he had come to the center for a private retreat.  He said he needed to get away and be by himself. I told him we were running a program for combat vets.  His eyes opened wide.  He said that he was a combat vet and then told me a little about his service in Afghanistan.

I immediately invited him to have “his retreat” with us. At first he declined.  I told him just to come, meet the men and women and hang out with us.  If you don’t like it then return to your private retreat. After a while he agreed.

He joined in and was an integral part of the retreat. He was very quiet to begin with but made friends and joined in.  It was a blessing to see him come alive.  He kept thanking me for the invitation.  How much is this going to cost? I assured him that the public had funded the program.  I told him to thank God for his invitation to the program.

After the closing ceremony he came up to me and gingerly opened his back pack.  He privately showed me a pistol.  I asked him if it was unloaded. He assured me it was.  He then said something that changed my life forever.

“Fr. Nigel” he said. “I had come here for a private retreat. I had planned to walk far into the woods and put the barrel of this pistol in my mouth and blow my brains out. I just could not cope with the haunting trauma of war. I don’t need to use this after all, thank you for saving my life” At this point we both had tears in our eyes…

Again he said, “Thank you for the invitation to join the Welcome Home Initiative. If you had not invited me I would be dead now. Thank you and thank God for the invitation to life.  Our meeting stopped the need in me to commit suicide.”

One veteran’s life saved because of the Welcome Home initiative. Thank you God.


About Fr. Nigel

Fr. Mumford is a husband, priest, author (four books) and public speaker with a focus on the healing ministry of Jesus. He is a former Royal Marine Commando Drill Instructor. He was called to this ministry in 1990 and was ordained 2005. He is the president of By His Wounds Inc. A not for profit ministry helping war zone veterans heal with The Welcome Home Initiative. For more info please go to www.byhiswoundsministry.org
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4 Responses to A Chance Meeting that Saved a Life.

  1. Stephen d hoffman says:

    What can one say? No words are the greater understanding.

  2. Rita ORourke says:

    Amazing,just an amazing story. Thank you for your obedience to our God. Thank you. Your sista’ in Christ, Rita

  3. kathy says:

    Praise!!! His wisdom, His timing, His blessing of the servant’s obedience that this man should live to come to the knowledge of the Lord…I am moved to joyful tears!!!

  4. Richie AANDERUD says:

    Thank you very much for this wonderful story. I passed it on to dozens of friends.

    Sent from my iPad. Richie. Aanderud

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