How Will You Respond to Tragedy?

by | Jul 26, 2021 | Purpose & Identity

Have you ever encountered an unexpected tragedy? What do you do when you find yourself gasping for air as you grieve an incomprehensible loss?

When Georgi, a young man from Bulgaria faced his own personal tragedy, his response was both beautiful and extraordinary.

Georgi’s father was a strong, hardworking Bulgarian man who was determined to provide everything he could for his wife and three children. When he earned enough money to purchase a second family car for his wife to drive, he couldn’t hide his self-satisfaction. The used Fiat Punto wasn’t extravagant, but it was exactly what his wife needed to drive to work, chauffeur the kids and pick up food for the evening meals.

“You need to test the car to make sure it’s safe before I start driving it,” his mother insisted. Georgi’s father eagerly agreed to drive the car to their family village located about an hour away. Although 14-year-old Georgi usually looked for any opportunity to spend time with his gregarious dad, on this fateful day he declined his father’s invitation to come along for the ride. Georgi never could have imagined that this would be the last day he’d see his father alive.

While test-driving the car, his father was in a car accident. The Italian car exploded in flames, and in one shocking moment, Georgi’s father moved from earth to heaven.

Following his father’s death, Georgi knew that he had only two options: He could accuse God, demanding an answer to why this happened to his family, or he could cling to God saying, “Despite these circumstances—I want you because of you, God.”

Listen to the latest episode of the AIMS.ORG Podcast on Charisma Podcast Network to learn how Georgi’s pain drove him to rededicate his life to God and make an inner vow to “ruin the kingdom of the devil.” May you be inspired to do the same!

AIMS.ORG is a ministry dedicated to getting the message of Jesus to ethnic groups who have no access through training and sending native missionaries who establish church planting movements among them. Discover how your life can impact nations by visiting aims.org. {eoa}

Bevin Bold serves alongside her husband at AIMS.ORG, a missions organization targeting unreached people groups with the gospel. She is known for her creativity and passion for God’s word. Since graduating Texas Bible Institute in 2000, Bevin has served in local church and overseas ministry. In 2008, she and her husband moved to northern Iraq as missionaries where they planted a house church, baptized former Muslims and opened a cafe. Bevin now spends her days using her gifts of writing and design to advocate for those who have no access to the message of Jesus. A loving wife and mom to Haven and Honor, she enjoys a good cappuccino, spending time with her family in nature and making jewelry.

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