Introduction

 

Dear readers, my greatest and most sincere wish for you is that the knowledge of these lines, not read from the extremities of the lips but with the heart, may lead you to reflect upon the incredible power of God manifested in Jesus Christ.

 

Teacher Marie–Michèle EMOULOUNDOU

 

I dedicate this testimony to:

 

● My dear husband, Doctor Jean Marc EMOULOUNDOU (Doctor – Surgeon), whose intense enthusiasm for Jesus now makes me very happy.

 

● Our beloved sons, Victorine, Hugues, Rodrigue, Vèronique and Marietta EMOULOUNDOU

 

● My dear colleague, teacher Christine THOUNGUI, whose friendship recomforted me and had a decisive impact on my life

 

● All my beloved brothers and sisters of Youth for Christ to CAMEROON in deep gratitude for their constant love and encouragement.

 

 

 

Incredible but true!

 

Since I was born in a family which was relatively religious, from my childhood my parents brought me to the Catholic Church where I was baptized but without really knowing Jesus Christ. To me, baptism was nothing but simple formality. Going to mass every Sunday was part of my Sunday duties. Nevertheless, in my daily life there was no difference between my Christian life and the life of the world. My heart was addicted to bad thoughts and to actions contrary to the good sense. Christine, my colleague of service, who was already a member of a Christian group, would constantly invite me to the prayer meetings and to the bible studies as well. But I had never intended to attend them. And since she had never stopped visiting me and speaking to me about the Lord Jesus Christ, one day she invited me with much insistence to an evangelistic campaign held by Youth for Christ in our administrative district.

I decided to go to the evangelistic campaign in order to please her. To my great astonishment, I enjoyed a wonderful ambience. Dear reader, it was extraordinary to find a wonderful group of young Christians, all radiant with joy, who were singing with a harmonious singing style some beautiful praises that expressed the love, the mercy and the goodness of God toward Man. That cheerful ambience fascinated me immediately. Of course, that was not all! God spoke to me above all during the preaching. All the things that were preached that evening fell on me. Suddenly, I felt a great burden upon me, and I felt that into my heart arose spontaneously an unbridled eagerness to become a child of God. My past began to run through before me. I realized immediately that during all that time I had been nothing but a false Christian. My life was not reflecting the will of God.

 

Soon I realized that I was lost and for me it was time to become a real Christian

 

When the preacher exhorted the sinners to receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour, I immediately invited the Lord to come into my heart to change me completely and to make me a child of God. Then, while the preacher was praying for me, all of a sudden I an indescribable joy and peace flooded my heart. Evidently, a wonderful thing was happening in my life. Since then my commitment for Christ has become more than ever inflexible.

Full of joy I went back home and as usual I began immediately to speak about my new experience to my husband and to my children. My children liked hearing me; as for my husband he stayed calm without saying a word. I was astonished at his attitude and I realized that he was offended by my words (however, that did not influence at all my determination).

Dear reader, at that point, and for the first time in the history of our marriage (19 years of marriage), our relations became torpid. It was a damage, yet it was necessary (you will understand the reason soon). Just after some moments, my husband, expressing his mood, began to rebuke me harshly. Then I realized that he was deeply sad. In the midst of that barrage of insults, absurdities and exaggerations that he had not stopped speaking against me in order to make me change my mind, I soon told him that I did not intend to retrace my steps, no matter what would happen. Exacerbated by that answer, he began to beat me. What a strange thing! Above all it was dishonourable for a doctor of his moral stature.

While I was completely downcast, all of a sudden my husband took the car and went out. After some time, he returned and was still furious.

 

 

My word was certainly making him sick

 

First of all, he asked me to give him the key of my bedroom (that is, one of the two keys of our bedroom, which I had at my disposal). Unfortunately, the key had suddenly disappeared and I did not understand how such a thing had happened. When I told him that I had not found the key, he exploded: ‘Without this key you will not stay any longer in this house. I command you to go away from me! You will be able to come back to this house only when you find my key. Go away, I do not want to see you here any longer!’

Odious words of a husband! Yet we had been always so close, so full of love, that nothing had disturbed our marriage before. I had always been the best wife to him but certainly that evening I had not been the best wife to him!’ What had happened exactly? What was the real cause of the radical change in his attitude? Soon I realized that the problem of the key was nothing but a simple subterfuge, the real problem was my commitment to Christ. Where could I find then the key in order to regain my house?

Faced with that enigmatic and numb situation in which I found myself, I immediately went to Christine, my colleague, to spend the night in her house. My late arrival in the night surprised her, however she received me with brotherly kindness. Therefore, I began to tell her all my misfortune. She was moved by what she was listening, she exhorted me to hold on and to trust with all my heart in God, with whom all things are possible. We prayed together, and afterward we went to sleep. Next morning, Christine brought me to visit some brothers of Youth for Christ, who encouraged me with some biblical passages I will never forget: Isaiah 30:15 “In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength”; Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”.

 

They began to pray for me, for my husband and for my children, and they entreated the favour of God so that my key might be found

 

Dear reader, that prayer session was really amazing! Once the prayer was finished, I and Christine went back to her house immediately. In the end I had elected domicile her house (it was Saturday). Six hours later, while I was helping my colleague to prepare the lunch, a young man arrived, who was carrying a large carp of nearly 25 kilograms on his shoulders. Having recognized him, Christine said to me: ‘It’s Landry, a brother in Christ, he is a fisherman’.

Landry said to me: ‘My sister, may you be blessed in Jesus Christ. Listen, I give you freely this carp I am carrying. Bear in mind that it’s a gift of God for you!’ Fantastic! What an extraordinary generosity! I did scarcely believe my ears. After Landry went away, we began to scale the fish. After a few moments, we opened the belly of the fish in order to clean much more the fish. First of all, I saw a key like the key of my bedroom. At once I noticed that it was really my lost key. I had gooseflesh, I was amazed at that prodigious finding, and I suddenly began to exclaim: ‘Look! Christine, that’s my key! The key of my bedroom! Yes, am sure it is the key of my bedroom!’

 

Incredible yet true! My key inside the belly of a fish!

 

What aberration! How could the key be there? At that moment, we left everything and as suggested by Christine we began to bless and glorify the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Afterward, we went to meet again the brothers of Youth for Christ; they were stricken by that extraordinary news and they began to pay homage to God through praises and adorations. At the end of that time of prayer, they said to me to go to meet again my husband.

I was reinvigorated by that mystery and I was full of joy. I finally arrived at my home. My children were happy because of my presence at home, they were jubilating. Suddenly my husband came out of the room, he was very angry and he brusquely asked me why I was in his house. I answered him that I had finally found the key. He was astonished at those words and when he took the key I had handed him, he himself established the truthfulness of my words. Then he asked me where I had found it. At that moment I told him the famous story of the key in the belly of the fish.

 

To my great surprise, he began to weep his heart out

 

Some minutes later, he said to me: ‘I challenged your God. Unfortunately to me, your God won the challenge. Yesterday I threw your key in the river and today God has used a fish to show me His sovereignty, His omnipresence and His omnipotence. Please, I also want to become a son of God like you’.

At that moment, dear reader, I was totally overwhelmed by the emotion. It was fantastic to see my husband completely downcast and determined to follow the Lord. That evening my husband and all my five children publicly took the decision to receive Jesus Christ in their lives. The next morning (that is, Sunday morning), I and all my family were baptized in the Sanga river [the most important river of Cameroon] where the key had been thrown.

Today, my husband, my children and I are sons of God through the Love manifested in Jesus Christ. Dear reader, God is able to do things that transcend the human comprehension and intelligence, things like that which He wrought in my life. May this testimony produce in you the perseverance, the enthusiasm and the wish to give yourselves completely to the Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you.

 

The EMOULOUNDOU family, Cameroon

 

From: http://www.bibliorama.com/

 

 

 

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