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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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January 22, 2013 - Uncle Dewey

By Scott Harrup

Dewey Huston was not my biological uncle. He was "Uncle Dewey" by virtue of my privilege to live in Africa for about eight years within a larger missionary family. Missionary culture commonly assigns familial titles to partners in ministry unrelated by blood but wonderfully related in spirit.

Last month, Dewey Huston left this life and entered an amazing eternity. At Dewey's memorial service, my wife and I listened to one tribute after another that spoke of a life fully dedicated to Christ and to sharing His love with others.

John Stroup spoke through tears about the dozens of personal letters Dewey wrote to him as Stroup finished a prison sentence following his conversion to Christianity. Today, Stroup and friends are developing Freeway Ministries, an outreach to ex-inmates and other wounded souls seeking life change. Plans are in place to publish a newsletter, "The Dewey," to be sent to every prisoner on Uncle Dewey's mailing list.

Dewey and Connie Huston’s oldest son, Jon, remembered the one-on-one focus his father established for their relationship in the midst of a very demanding African ministry. "He was a good father who became a great father," Jon concluded.

From the soloist to the officiating minister to the friends who offered tributes and prayers, every participant reminded all present that Dewey O. Huston made full use of his 76 years on Earth.

But they did not speak of Uncle Dewey in isolation.

Every accomplishment in ministry, in raising four children, in building a marriage that lasted more than half a century, pointed back to the Savior who transformed Dewey Huston's life in 1956 while he served with the U.S. Army in France.

That transformation most strongly establishes my relationship with Dewey and all the Hustons, and with the crowd of African missionaries, ex-inmates, and friends from the community and across the country at that memorial service. A crowd that is wonderfully interwoven with an enormous multitude stretching around the globe and through the centuries.

It is a family created by God and made possible by His Son — a family Jesus himself described as He prayed to His Father.

"My prayer is not for [the disciples] alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me" (John 17:20-23, NIV).

The loving unity for which Christ prayed was on display that morning at Uncle Dewey's memorial celebration. We were equally united by another reality Dewey Huston is already experiencing and to which we look forward with barely contained joy. This was Jesus' theme as He concluded His prayer some 2,000 years ago at the Last Supper.

"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world" (v. 24).

Dewey Huston is witnessing that glory, one more ancient than creation and more beautiful than Eden. He would invite all of us to follow.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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