After reading the emails I began to think through what had happened to my friend. Thinking and praying through the events I began to list all of the men who had impacted my life both negative and positive ways that resulted in my being both in a position to facilitate the study and be in a position to suggest the church in Minneapolis. There were about 61 men on the list spanning about 48 years when I finished; I probably left some out. Each of those men, had a hand in helping my friend by virtue of the impact they have had on me. That is just my side of the equation. That does not take into account all of the people who have impacted my friend to get him into the study.
What is the point? Hebrews 3:13 says we are to be engaged in daily encouraging one another. All the touches we have in the lives of people, to encourage them, to build them up in the Lord, have impact, impact that in most cases we may never see. They are used by the Lord to shape and mold so that those folks can bear fruit, in some cases years later. Like ripples in a large pond, we cannot see either the impact those experiences will have on others through the words and encouragement we give other or that others give us. But our majestic Lord uses them to help a brother in a far city on a business trip not only break through to a different level of relationship with Christ, but also to engage in the life of one whom he met in the hotel who was contemplating sin. The ripples continue.