Wednesday Night Bible Study
Once upon a time in a city called San Luis Obispo there was a young lady who disappeared. Most people in the community had knowledge about the situation, but months passed without any findings being reported other than the police believed she had been abducted. But as life often does with the average guy, I to felt disconnected from this situation and it had no bearing on me or my family, therefor, unimportant. My mind was focused on the routines and demands of daily life. I had a small handyman business that demanded every ounce of brain power to create ways to obtain more work to stay busy earning the old' Mighty dollar.
On top of this I was very active in church we were members of, and focusing on being a family man. Needless to say, very busy.
I had a Bible Study in my home every Wednesday Night and was in constant recruiting people to attend.
Overtime I had become friends with the workers at the local building materials store. I invited just about every person who worked there at one point or another to join me for this bible study.
One day the Salesman who helped me out a lot volunteered to attend. Great! I remember I was so excited. Wednesday night came and this salesman, Rex Krebs, attended. He was full of questions. I was amazed at how much of the scriptures he knew by heart and could quote on demand. We became closer friends over a few more weeks. On some Wednesday evenings instead of Rex driving many miles away to his home and then back to make it to the bible study we offered to let him use our shower and to have dinner with our family and he accepted. On one occasion we had to run to the store , if I remember right.) and Rex watched over our two sons for us. On another occasion my son came to me while Rex was in the bathroom getting ready for the Bible study and told us he was talking to some one, and my wife said afterword she found cigarette butts in the toilet. We have always had a No-Smoking agreement in our home and automobiles, so this was disrespectful and offensive to us. I saw he was becoming more agitated when speaking directly to me, but I wrote if off as stress. One Wednesday night, Rex didn't show up for the bible study, and later I received a call from him asking me to meet him at a deli / restaurant / bar. This seamed strange, but okay, I went there. Upon my arrival I could tell he had had a few beers. He had a beer while we sat and talked. He asked me a strange question that no one had ever asked me before; "Why did God send you to me now?" I replied I don't know, everything is in God's timing, why?(Ding, a thought came into my head instantly!) In an attempt to help him, in the best way I knew at the time, I invited Rex to a "Promise Keeper's" Event. (Promise Keepers is a ministry that focuses on building better Christian fathers, husbands, friends, and men.) This event was taking place in San Jose, CA on the upcoming Saturday and Sunday, and a few of us men were to meet up and ride together to the event. Rex never showed up.
At the event my phone rang. It was my wife, so I went outside the event to call her. She sounded scared, somewhat horrified! I asked, Babe what's wrong? She replied, I know why Rex Krebs didn't show up for your trip. I said, okay why? (It was on the news a few weeks earlier that another girl fitting the same description of the last missing girl had been violently abducted.) She said that it was all over the news on television that he had just been arrested for the abduction, rape, and murder of the two missing ladies. My wife was horrified! This man had watched our children, bathed in our home, and ate dinner with our family! She was also extremely angry with me for bring him into our home and putting my children and us in harms way.
I was modified! I became sick to my stomach. Almost to the point of vomiting or passing out. I cried out to the Lord , why God? How did I not see him for what he truly was? Where was the power of discernment in me? Am I so unfaithful as to risk my family inviting this killer into my home? Now the questions, tears, and fears were consuming me. Then in a blank second, like deleting a text, all my anguish was gone! A new fullness came over me. God opened my mind and heart with joy and amazement! He opened my eyes that my family nor I were ever in harms way. He, God, had watched over and protected me and my family the entire time. He, God, had set up this whole relationship to give Rex Krebs an opportunity to confess all, be forgiven, and be saved. Defying the monster that is within him.
Rex Krebs requested me to be his minister (spiritual advisor) while in jail facing judgments for both crimes by the court system. How do I answer to such a request, and serve my Lord?
(This is to be continued in the next Blog.)
My testimony should be obvious? How many testimonies are there in this recount of these events?
For information about Rex Krebs I've added one link to a publication and his story below: