Years ago, on the streets of a large city in South America, some young people were passing out Christian tracts. A man whom we will call Carlos, returning home after a hard day’s work, passed the young people and they thrust a tract into his hand. He glanced at it, realized that it was something religious, and ripped it into dozens of little pieces which he threw into the wind with a curse. Carlos has decided at some point that he hated God, the Church, and those who represented the Church. Very probably his attitude had developed from reading Communistic literature during the time that the Marxist movement was quite active in South America.
All the way home, Carlos cursed the Church and the young people. When he arrived home, he removed his jacket and noticed there was something clinging to it. He pulled the object of and saw that it was a small piece of tract that he had torn up. On that little piece of tract were the words, “And the Lord said …” Carlos read the phrase. then pitched the paper away with another curse. But the phrase stuck in his mind.
“And the Lord said …” It echoed inside him while he ate his supper. It played on his thoughts as he tried to drift off to sleep that night, and it captured his curiosity. In fact, he really didn’t sleep well at all because he kept waking and wondering what it was that the Lord had said!
All the next day as Carlos went about his work, the phrase haunted him: “And the Lord said …” Moment by moment, in spite of his denials, his curiosity mounted. Finally as soon as his work day was over, he quickly found his way back to the same street corner where he had been given the tract. And there he found the young Christians again, faithfully giving out gospel materials, spreading the message of the gospel.
Carlos rushed up to one of the young men, and pleaded, “Please, please, tell me what it was that the Lord said”. Then he described what had happened, and the young man in turn explained what the Lord said. As a result, Carlos was wonderfully saved right there on the street corner. Today, he is a pastor in South America. His story is a dynamic example of the power of the literature ministry.
Source: Hoskins, Bob. 1997. All They Want Is The Truth. Florida: Book of Life International.
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