Sunday, 29 November -0001 19:00

A John G. Paton Repeat

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Prayer saved a medical missionary from death. He served a small field hospital in an African nation and frequently traveled through the jungle to obtain supplies from a nearby city, said Prayer Track News, a publication of AD 2000 and Beyond. On one trip, the missionary stopped a fight between two young men and treated the wounds of one. The next day he made the two-day bicycle trip back to the hospital. Two weeks later he returned to the city and met the man he treated. "Some friends and I followed you into the jungle knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill you and take your money and drugs," the man told the missionary. The gang was frightened away by "guards" who appeared around the camp, he said. The missionary said he always traveled alone, but the man protested that he and his friends counted 26 men protecting him. "It was because of those guards that we left you alone," he said.

Twenty-six members of the missionary's home church were praying for him at the time of the incident. The missionary told the story months later to his home church in Michigan, and at one point a member stood up and asked the missionary the exact day that he was spared. When the missionary told him, the member said that he recalled having a strong urge to pray for the missionary at the time of the incident. "In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong, I called men in this church to meet with me here in this sanctuary to pray for you," Prayer Track News said. (From Religion Today)

This sounds much like what I read once in the autobiography of John G. Paton, Missionary to the New Hebrides. The missionary recounts the night that he and his wife were alone in the mission house, when a band of hostile natives surrounded the house, but did not get close up to do them harm. At the break of dawn the natives retreated. Sometime later, the missionary heard that the natives had been afraid to get closer to the mission house, because of the "guards" stationed around the mission house. Anyway, the above account seems much like a ÒJohn G. Paton repeat,Ó and could very well be a true account of angelic protection. By the way, John G. Paton is excellent summertime (vacation?) reading. It is a Banner of Truth book of some 520 suspense-filled and Biblically instructive reading. Heartily recommended!

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