The Perfect Match

December 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Faith, Faith Articles

By Lisa Buffaloe

Anthony Turner had little warning. In 2008, while on vacation with his wife and two young children, an illness struck. Returning home, he sought medical help and was promptly sent by ambulance to the hospital. The prognosis—kidney failure. For reasons unexplained, Anthony’s kidneys were only functioning at three percent.

With no other health issues, and at the age of thirty seven, Anthony was shocked. Without other alternatives, he quit work and began dialysis. Even on a transplant list, his options looked bleak. The wait for a healthy kidney could take five years.

Unknown to Anthony, his father Lee Turner began the testing process to see if he could donate his kidney. After three rounds of tests, Lee found he was a “perfect” match for his son and approached Anthony with the news.

Anthony was stunned since his father had health problems in the past. With their strong faith in God, both men talked and prayed together. May 28, 2009 the transplant took place, and Anthony and his father came through surgery with no complications.

When asked about his decision, Lee said, “I’m Anthony’s father, it is my responsibility to take care of my son and while it was a difficult decision, it was the right one. I just did what a father should do for his son.”

God in His amazing love knew we would need a perfect match to heal our sin-stained bodies. Two thousand years ago, God’s perfect Son, Jesus Christ sacrificed/donated his life to save ours.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV).

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16 Responses to “The Perfect Match”
  1. Kathi Macias says:

    What a timely reminder, Lisa! Thank you for sharing what we all needed to hear. Blessings!

  2. Thank you, Kathi! Have a wonderful Christmas, sweet lady!

  3. Lynne Gentry says:

    Beautiful, Lisa.

  4. Karen King says:

    Thanks for the timely reminder, Lisa. I just received some sad news and this was what I needed to hear. Love you, CB!

  5. My heart’s warmed to think about this kind of selfless sacrifice. Nothing speaks a better message of love. Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

  6. Anne Patrick says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this story. We serve an awesome God! May He continue to bless you in your ministry!

  7. Sara Butler says:

    Hey Lisa,
    Loved that sweet article with its beautiful parallel to what God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. I am grateful for you and your writing which always gives God the glory. Love and blessings sweet friend, Sara

  8. Holly Smith says:

    Thanks Lisa-we all need to be willing to lay our lives down for others in this self-centered world. Good article!

  9. Barbara says:

    Thanks for sharing this story Lisa. Love the perfect match! B

  10. Norma Vera says:

    Outstanding Lisa, It is an awesome article. it made me cry.
    You are a very gifted writer and I am glad you are a friend. Norma

  11. Thank you, Norma. I’m very grateful you are my friend too! Have a very Merry Christmas!!!

  12. Brenda West McIntyre says:

    This is a beautiful story. I can relate because my mother is on dialysis. I love the analogy to God sending the perfect gift!

  13. Thank you, Lynne!

    Thank you, Karen. I’m so sorry you received sad news. Sending up prayers for you.

    Thank you, Cheryl!

    Thank you, Lena!

    Thank you, Anne!

    Thank you, Sara. Love and blessings back to you, sweet friend!

    Thank you, Holly!

    Thank you, Barbara!

    Thank you, Brenda. I’m so sorry your Mom is on dialysis. I’m praying for her right now.

  14. Curt Iles says:


    Such a powerful insightful story on sacrifice and a father’s love. It does point to our Father and Jesus.

    Job well done!


  15. Thank you, Curt. Have a wonderful New Year!

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