One Night


Me:  I don’t think that is a good friend to hang out with Prodigal.

Prodigal:  You don’t think so?

Me:  Well let’s just say he makes a hornet seem cuddly.


This is from the book The God who Hung on the Cross by Dois Rosser and Ellen Vaughn


In Vietnam, a pastor from Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh Huynh, felt that God was leading him to reach people in Ca Mau, a city in the southern tip of his country.  He traveled there, preached, baptized new believers, and rescued street children.  For these terrible “crimes,”  he was arrested repeatedly, harassed, and let go.

One night the policeman who kept arresting Pastor Thanh Huynh took him to the local police station.  When the policeman was asked by his superiors to give a report about the pastor’s activities, he opened his mouth to respond…and found that he was utterly unable to speak.  He could not say anything.

So the authorities had to let the pastor go.

Dumbfounded by this experience–literally–the policeman got a report a few weeks later that Pastor Thanh Huynh was back in town.  He snuck to the meeting, but this time, instead of just arresting the pastor, he listened. He heard the Gospel.  He decided to follow Jesus.

That former policeman went to seminary, and today, he is the pastor of one of the five churches that ICM has built in the Ca Mau area!


James 5:20

Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.


Jennifer Van Allen

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