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Weekly Stories

February 2, 2019

During the 19th Century the Dutch ruled a region of South America that is
now called ''Suriname.'' A group of missionaries wanted to reach the people
of a nearby island and tell them the good news about Jesus. The problem
was most of the islanders were slaves and the plantation owners had
forbidden the missionaries access to the island because they were afraid
what would happen if the slaves became Christians. These owners passed a
law that said, ''Only slaves may talk to slaves.''
It looked like a barrier had been erected and there was no bridge across.
These missionaries got together and prayed and talked and finally came up
with a way to burn the barrier and build a bridge. They sold themselves into
slavery becoming slaves themselves so they could talk to the slaves. They
worked at their sides facing the same brutal treatment, a harsh tropical
climate, hunger and disease. They became slaves to share the good news of
Jesus with people who otherwise would have lived in spiritual bondage and
died without Christ. The colony did become Christianized, many of the
slave’s owners came to Christ and an incredible revival broke out in that

  • February 9, 2020

  • In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, neurologist Oliver Sacks tells about
  • Virgil, a man who had been blind from early childhood. When he was 50,
    Virgil underwent surgery and was given the gift of sight. But as he and Dr.
    Sacks found out, having the physical capacity for sight is not the same as
  • Virgil's first experiences with sight were confusing. He was able to make out
    colors and movements, but arranging them into a coherent picture was
    more difficult. Over time he learned to identify various objects, but his
    habits--his behaviors--were still those of a blind man.
    Dr. Sacks asserts, "One must die as a blind person to be born again as a
    seeing person. It is the interim, the limbo . . . that is so terrible."
    Jesus miracle was really a double miracle. He cured him of blindness and
    allowed him to really see