Oscar Tejada was a young business man living in Quito, Ecuador, in the early 1960s. One morning as he was walking briskly down a main street, he saw a crowd gathered on a corner of the busy avenue. Many of the folks were laughing at an American girl in the middle of the crowd. She kept saying the name “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”. People in the crowd were trying to engage her in conversation, but her only response was “Jesus, Jesus”.
Oscar learned that this young American woman felt such a burden to share her faith in Jesus with the people in Ecuador, that she had used her own funds to travel to Quito. She had no mission or church organization to support her. She had been so overwhelmed with a sense of urgency that she arrived in the city alone and didn’t know a word of Spanish. So she stood day after day simply speaking the name of Jesus. Oscar found himself strangely drawn to the street corner for the next several days. He did not go with a sense of ridicule or derision. Neither was it because he felt sorry for her. There was just something about her passion for speaking the name of Jesus that seemed to compel him to go by that corner on his way to work.
What was it about the name of Jesus that captured his attention? Why was Jesus so important to this young lady that she traveled from America to Quito and could only speak His name to passersby? Why would someone do that? These questions and more sent Oscar on a quest to find answers. His hungry heart found more than an answer. Oscar found Jesus as his personal Savior! He finally understood her ardor to share the name of Jesus.
Her passion led to Oscar’s new passion. Oscar’s passion led him to a wonderful Christian College in the United States. I met Oscar at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. We were fellow students and became friends as Asbury prepared us for a lifetime of service to the Savior. There’s just something about His name!
Thank God for the faith that took this young lady to a foreign land to simply speak the name of Jesus. The Lord is able to take what we offer in faith and use it to touch lives. Why do so many of us fail to speak the Lord’s life changing name.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus – there’s just something about that name.
Master, Savior, Jesus – like the fragrance after the rain.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus – let all heaven and earth proclaim:
Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away,
But there’s something about that name”
– Bill & Gloria Gaither
~ Brother Roy