Jesus called my landline

May 30, 2013

by Shannon Parrott, Member of the Samaritan's Purse Phone Contact Team

As a member of the Samaritan's Purse Phone Contact Team, I am blessed almost daily with such ‘Divine Appointments,’ as I call them.

By Shannon Parrott, member of the Samaritan’s Purse Phone Contact Team

“Jesus called my landline.” That is what Rebecca* said to me. She was crying, I was crying.

She described a voicemail message she received four years ago from an employee at Samaritan’s Purse. The message was simple:

“Thank you for your support! We are always here to support you just as you have supported us. We are here to pray for you, and remind you that Jesus loves you so much, so deeply, and He will never stop doing so, no matter what. He died for you, that is how much He loves you. Have a blessed day.”


Speaking to her four years later, Rebecca shared that the message left on her machine was divine timing; that Jesus had called her that day, on her darkest day. She had no hope, no joy or love in her, she felt completely alone and totally overwhelmed by her life’s circumstances.

Yet awaiting her was this precious message of wisdom. As she described the experience to me, she said that she has never deleted that message; in fact, she plays it back to herself anytime she needs to hear those vitally important and life-giving words: Jesus loves you.

I was stunned and awed by God’s sovereignty. As Rebecca’s words sunk into my heart, I marveled at the God we serve, how His providence is unquestionable.

Rebecca interrupted my thoughts. “Just as Jesus called my landline four years ago, He has called again today, through you,” she told me. “Today is the darkest day I have had since that day four years ago.” She proceeded to tell me some of her struggles and burdens.

“Can we lift this all up in prayer, Rebecca?” I asked.

“Yes,” she whispered.

Then, as sisters united in Christ, we prayed fervently. It was a beautiful moment -- and one in which I was blessed just as much as Rebecca was.

We said Amen, and she thanked me. I told her that we are always here for her. We hung up. And although the conversation was over, I knew that we were both left in a moment of awe about what had just happened.

As a member of the Phone Contact Team, I am blessed almost daily with such ‘Divine Appointments,’ as I call them. When I let myself be totally available and free to be used by God, He reminds me that I need to do so more often. It is only through giving up myself that such a Divine Appointment can occur.

*Name changed for privacy