GETTING BACK THE CAPTIVES
In his book, New Acts of the Apostles, Dr. A.T. Pierson reports the following story of deliverance in the wilds of Burma:
“A company of Breeks, a low, fierce tribe of Karens, made a raid on a Christian village; they carried off, as captives, two boys and a girl. They said: ‘Now we will see; if the Christians’ God delivers these captives out of our hand, we will believe in Him and all of us become Christians; but if their God cannot deliver them, we will go over and take more captives.’
“Just at this juncture Dr. Bunker arrived at the village, where all had been praying for help. They quickly told him; and he said, ‘Well, this is a case of God versus the devil.’ And he felt strong to say, ‘God will deliver them; keep on praying.’
“He sent a message, demanding the release of the captives. He got word back, ‘Come on; get them if you can. We have guns.’
“He sent them what he called his ultimatum: ‘If you do not deliver up those captives, we will leave you in the hands of our God, who can and will deal with you.’
“Meanwhile he and the Christians prayed mightily.
His messengers met the Breeks on the road, bringing back one of the captives. He then selected one of his preachers and fourteen followers to go unarmed for the other two.
“When they got to the village, they did not say a word to any of the tribe, but planted themselves in the road. The preacher took out his hymnbook and read a hymn, which they sang; then he read a portion of Scripture and preached, then prayed. By that time, the villagers brought the other captives to them and said, ‘Now take them all, and be gone.’ ”—
New Acts of
the Apostles, p. 311.
“They cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saveth them out of their distresses.”
“Every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit . . He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.”
—John 15:2, 5
“Truly God is good . . even to such as are of a clean heart.”
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
“Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
“O taste and see that the Lord is good.”
“Whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”