When I was a student at Asbury College (now University), one of my friends was Leopoldo Frade from Cuba. One day, we were sharing information about how we each came to Asbury. Leo told of how former missionaries to Cuba, who were now teaching at Asbury, had influenced him. This is an account of what Leo shared with me:
Leo’s father, a cane cutter, was walking home one evening from the fields. A missionary was standing along the road preaching the Gospel. Leo’s father joined the crowd that had gathered and listened. The message seemed too wonderful to believe. He stayed until the crowd had moved on. He wanted to know more about this Jesus the missionary was telling about. Before long his eyes filled with tears of repentance. He confessed his sins and asked Jesus to come into his heart. In a moment, he had received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and passed from death unto life. In the following days, Leo’s father talked several times with the missionary. He was hungry to know more about the Savior.
One day, Leo’s father asked the missionary, “How long ago did Jesus die for my sins?” He stepped back stunned at the missionary’s response. “It was about 2,000 years ago”, the missionary said. After several moments of quietness, Leo’s father asked through a flood of tears – “Who has been hiding the story?”
That question has reverberated in my mind now for nearly 50 yrs. It has been a part of the ‘fire’ that burns in my heart to “tell the story”! May I ask you a question? Have you been a part of hiding His story? If you are not sure of ways that you can tell the story of Jesus, please contact us at NHIM. NHIM offers many opportunities to tell the story through prayer bands, prayer teams, short-term mission trips, work teams both home and abroad, financial support, and many other venues.
I love to tell the story; for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.
I love to tell the story; for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God’s own holy word.
from “I Love to Tell the Story”, words by Katherine Hanket
~ Brother Roy