We are always impressed with the fervor of the apostle Paul. Nothing could keep
him from winning souls to the Lord Jesus Christ. When they put him in jail he
converted the jailer. What is less well known is that Christians in many lands
have that same zeal today. In Vietnam, Christians in prison write Bible verse on
little pieces of paper, wad them up, and throw them into cells across the hall!
In another country a preacher uses cigarette papers to copy Bible verses on to
share with his fellow prisoners! During the Communist era Romanian Christians risked
imprisonment to carry Bibles into the Ukraine. They walked backward so their
footprints in the snow would make it appear that someone had gone the other
way! They were that determined!

What excuse shall we give? We have the freedom to tell others. We have plenty
of paper and plenty of Bibles and yet do so little to win others! From Pakistan,
a man reported that since he became a Christian his family is not permitted to
walk across his neighbor’s land! He cannot get an agricultural loan. Once he
was in bed for a month due to beatings he received because he’s a Christian.
His report ends, “My ten year old son says he will become a preacher and
give the gospel to those who beat us.”

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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