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HUNGRY AND SEARCHING HEARTS
He was tired and ready to go home. This was hardly the place most would choose but it was the place God chose. His was a strange ministry. For years he had been smuggling Bible into communist countries that had done everything to silence the Word of God. Bibles were destroyed; churches were closed and public gatherings were banned. But on this day, Brother Andrew had no more Bibles to give. Soon he would leave the Siberian woods and go back to his family in Holland but until then he needed to explore. Before latching the door, he instinctively grabbed a New Testament that was lying on a countertop. How he overlooked it before was a mystery.
Setting off, he was lost in thought. The thick forests were almost a ‘little Red Riding Hood’ experience. His explorations were soon interrupted by two girls who ran toward him shouting, “Wolves, quickly, come with us.”
Soon Brother Andrew was resting in the safety of a small cabin that seemed removed from the rest of the world. Discussions soon turned to God.
For a long time, this Russian family had been listening to a foreign radio broadcast that told of a God who loved them and had died for them. It was so contrary to what they had been taught. Questions abounded. Time after time the father had written Far Eastern Broadcasting (FEBC) asking questions they promised to answer and time after time, no answers came. His main request was for a Bible. But nothing.
It was obviously too good to be true, just one more story, one more set of lies. And so, just the night before, he had come to an end - if a Bible didn’t come by dinner the next day, he would give up any hope of a living God.
Brother Andrew listened with rapt attention, occasionally interrupting but his answers didn’t satisfy what had been asked. God’s ways are so hard at times. And then he remembered – nestled in his pocket was the New Testament that had been overlooked when all the rest of his Bibles had been given away.
God’s Word, just waiting to be placed in the hands of hungry and searching hearts, who moments later were made new through the saving blood of Jesus Christ.