A young man (John) recently showed
up at missionary Eric Fair’s headquarters
in Papua New Guinea eager to talk. Fair
relates the story that John told him:
“You came to the jail on March 7, 2018
and sang a few songs with your guitar and
preached to the prisoners. I was in the
jail that day for armed robbery. You were
the guys that gave me the tract after you
preached that day.
“I was under so much conviction after
the message and reading the tract that I
told the Lord I wanted to give my life to
Him. I tried my best to pray to Him and
tell Him that I wanted peace... I asked God
to take my life and use it because I wanted
to follow Him and not Satan anymore.
“I knew I had wasted so many years of
my life living for the devil, but I wanted
God to take the rest of my life and use it.
The police told me I would most likely get
75 years for my crimes.
“I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I will never
come out of this jail alive. I’m 31 years
old now, so I would be 106 by the time
I would be let out!’ The people in my
village told everyone that I would be a
dead man before I would be released.
“I realized that was the point where the
Lord wanted me to be, because I would
have never humbled myself to come to
Him while I had an escape route.
“I had to appear before the courts 3
times. The first 2 times they had the
hearing and said they would make the
final decision at the 3rd court hearing.
Well, I do not know how or why, but they
released me before the 3rd hearing.
“After I gave my life to God, I would
lead all the other 10 prisoners in my cell
in morning prayers and a song service. I
know God has given me this opportunity
to live my life for Him now! I told the
Lord if He ever gave me the chance to
find the guys that came to the jail that day,
then I would let them know what the Lord
has done in my life and thank them too!”
Amongst all the many problems that
we run into here, it’s definitely a huge
encouragement to see some fruit from this
ministry. After giving John a Bible and
over 200 tracts, which is the same Chick
tract that he read that day —This Was
Your Life— we prayed together and made
plans to meet in the near future.