Jay's eDevotionals  

Nov 27

Hear God’s Call to Gratefully Receive and Share His Gifts

On April 18, 1942, Jake DeShazer boarded his B-25 Bomber to fly to Tokyo. His convoy of 16 planes targeted Japan to strike a demoralizing blow four months after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Jake’s plane dropped its bombs and darted toward China. The aircraft ran out of fuel which forced the crew to parachute into the Chinese darkness. Jake grew up in a Christian family, but had never committed his life to Jesus Christ. So, he was completely alone. However, at that exact moment, Jake’s mother awoke and prayed with intensity for her son’s earthly safety and eternal life.
 
Jake landed in a Chinese graveyard and was quickly captured by Japanese soldiers. For nearly four years, Jake suffered mightily in a Japanese prison camp. He was tortured, beaten, and fought many physical diseases. In the spring of 1944, Jake received a Bible. He read it with an open heart and embraced Jesus as his Savior.
 
Soon after his conversion, Jake was beaten by a prison guard and his heart raged with anger. But, in his spirit he heard the calming voice of Jesus say, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) Jake responded with kindness to his guards, who were amazed that he repaid blessing for brutality.
 
By the end of the war, Jake had developed a great love for the Japanese people and sensed God’s call for him to return to this land as a missionary. He went to America, attended seminary and brought his bride, Florence, back to Japan to spend 30 years sharing Christ. One of his converts was Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese pilot who led the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Fuchida became an evangelist who toured the world and led countless people to Christ.
 
Because Jake received God’s message of love and forgiveness, he spent a lifetime gratefully sharing the liberating Gospel with others. Let’s do the same!

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