In 1941, a difficult 70 year long prodigal son story began to unfold in a hospital bed in wartime Soviet Union. Nursing a shoulder wound from the Battle of Bryansk, Mikhail Kalashnikov, would set out to create weapons that would help defend his homeland from German invasion.
Over time, these weapons, the most well known being the AK-47, would be copied over 100 million times as the tool of choice for those intent on creating destruction on six continents.
A Soviet celebrity of sorts, Kalashnikov traveled the world declaring his atheism and defending the value of a material world over the freedoms and faith in Christ that hundreds of millions would immediately embrace following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
The fall of the Soviet empire though did not dissuade Kalashnikov’s atheism … grace did.
And here are four things that we can take from this story of how ministry worked in this story of a prodigal son who was very far away from God but came home, started to see his life through God’s eyes, and on December 23, 2013 passed away.
When the son returns embrace him. …Continue Reading