Tough foundry worker meets Christ through the Word

I grew up in a Christian home and we attended church regularly – a very ritualistic church. But after 3 ½ years in the British Navy I had all that knocked out of me.

When I came to Vancouver after the war, I had become completely separated from God. One day my landlady said to me, “Why don’t you go to one of the churches near here and make friends with some nice young people?” For a long time, I ignored her advice, but she kept after me and I finally did.

The Church had a swimming pool and a gymnasium and we had a lot of fun – nothing serious. But one fellow wanted to make it serious by starting a Bible study group. I remember telling him, “I won’t be joining your study group because I haven’t got a Bible.” I thought that settled it, but he said, “You could easily get one, you know. They only cost about $2.00.”

I was very embarrassed to go to the Bible Society store and ask for a Bible. I was a tough foundry worker and I hoped that no one I worked with would see me. But I started reading it and found it fascinating – especially the story of the prodigal son. Could God really love me so much that He was daily watching and waiting for me to come back to Him?

The more I read and thought about it, the more I was convinced that the answer was, “Yes.” He could love me that much, in fact He loved me so much that He sent His only Son to pay the penalty of my sins. I got down on my knees and asked God to forgive me and accepted Christ as my Saviour and Lord.

This decision was not a result of someone’s preaching or witnessing but just by reading God’s Word and I wonder how many others in the world have found Christ by simply reading the good news of salvation.

by Bill Whiting, Bible-a-Month supporter for 50 years

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