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Where would be hiding the mystery of a joyful and quiet life? (Antonio Secchi)

At the age of 22, I left my family and Sardinia to seek my fortune and happiness, positive that a good profit hided a satisfying and cheerful future. I worked in a coal subsoil for two years but I didn’t find what I was looking for my life. One day, lost in my thoughts I wondered: “Where would be hiding the mystery of a joyful and quiet life?” but I couldn’t answer that question. In September 1962 I left the mine and I moved to Solingen (Germany). I was hired by a company which worked in a construction site in the Municipality. In Solingen I met a miss who invited me to enjoy a group of Italians who read the Bible together. I found that interesting and I intended to read it but it became true only some week later. Meantime, I had my 24th birthday. The following day, I came back to work and I’ve been run over by a bus at 8:00 a.m. I broke my collarbone, I was spleen- and belly-damaged. I regained consciousness 10 days later and I became aware of the seriousness of that accident. God sent to me a German believer, whom I asked to bring me an Italian Bible and I got it that very day. So my new story began, I opened my Bible in Genesis chapter 1 and the Lord talked to my heart right away. He made me realize I was a lost sinner and that He wanted to save me and give me an everlasting life through His Son Jesus Christ. Just like a thirsty person, I quenched my thirst with the Water of Life and I was filled with God’s presence through the work of the Holy Spirit. Without getting an impression about it, I became God’s property, a child of God through His grace. After 40 days in the Hospital, I was released. I had faced three shoulder-surgeries but I became a new creature in Christ. I restarted to attend the little group of immigrants and I learned to know the Word of God. Soon my faith confession became known and other countrymen converted to Jesus. In October 1967, before the German- Italian church in Solingen I publicly witnessed my choice to follow Jesus through my baptism. Now, about 46 years later, I live in Siniscola (Sardinia), I testify the joy I feel in my heart and I wait for my Lord to come back.

John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life”.

 

Antonio Secchi

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