Peter is one of my heroes. He lived to praise and serve the Lord. His ministry with the ships seemed to take him most often to places where even angels fear to tread. I used to introduce him as the Indiana Jones Of Missions.
I was in Yangon, Myanmar, preparing for the historic Doulos visit, that our friendship began. But it is in a mosquito and leech infested region 40 miles beyond Yangon where Peter’s enduring legacy can be found. When he and I, along with our good friend Steve Cassidy, first visited the Agape Village Orphanage it was just a few straw and wooden huts. No running water and no electricity. Some of the painfully thin children were sleeping under a tree. Peter was instantly gripped with a vision to transform not just the huts but the lives of the children.
As the project grew there were a few anxious emails from the Doulos finance department. Peter just kept smiling, praying and working.
I returned to the Agape Orphanage earlier this year. Now, with running water from the “Doulos Water Tower”, electricity, new dorms and 150 beautiful healthy children – all with Bible names. As we prayed for Peter the children wept for their friend who’s love had touched and changed their lives. It was looking into the tear streaked faces of Esther, Naomi, Deborah, Martha, Timothy, Gideon, Andrew and many others, that I saw Peter’s lasting legacy.
Today I asked the Lord why He had not allowed Peter to complete all of the other visions that were in his heart. The Lord quietly said, “That’s my part.”
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus – Philippians 1:6
Peter’s huge smile hid a multitude of schemes – none for his own personal gain and all for God’s Kingdom. The bottom line for Peter was very simple.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!