Sunday, August 2, 2009

Chapter 4

It's interesting to me how some of the same verses my father heard in solitary confinement were the same verses he heard during his time in World War II. God had already spoken to him once before through His word, while stationed in Texas, waiting to be sent to the war, but it wasn't until prison that my father decided to listen to what God was saying to him.

This is the last Chapter of my father's testimony. Actually, it's the last chapter in relation to the day he was saved during a prison chapel meeting after getting out of the hole, or solitary confinement. When a person has a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, they know that this should be shared with others. Immediately my father looked forward to seeing his family saved.

One of the biggest challenges my dad would have in life witnessing for the Lord would be to his own father, Arthur Price. Grandpa Price was a bootlegger, spent five years in prison in Indiana, was shot in a gun battle with the police, and known for being a mean guy. My dad would witness to Grandpa all the time. He witnessed so much that Grandpa told him if he continued to talk about the Lord and the need for being saved, he would shoot him with his twelve gauge shot gun. Did my dad believe him? Yes! Did he stop witnessing to him? No! My dad would stop by Grandpa's house when he wasn't there, and stick gospel tracts in the barrel of that twelve gauge shot gun. The Holy Spirit convicted Grandpa using those tracts, which had the same verses my dad heard in prison. One of the verses was John 3:16, which reads, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

One day, Grandpa Price called my dad and asked him to come over to the house to talk about those tracts. Did Grandpa want to talk to him or shoot him? That was the thought in my dad's mind when he went to visit. But praise the Lord, Grandpa only wanted to know more about Jesus, and before the day was over, he had asked Jesus to come into his heart, save him, and give him eternal life. He then died a few years later of lung cancer. But on his death bed, he found comfort in knowing he was going to be with the Lord.

The Lord called my father to be an evangelist. He had a heart for the souls of people. He had a ministry in churches in the midwest and southern states. He also ministered in rescue missions, working for the Mel Trotter Rescue Mission as their Superintendent, and the Saginaw Rescue Mission as Director. And, he never forgot the people incarcerated in prisons across the country. He ministered to all the love of God in sending his Son to die for man's sin, and give eternal life to those who believe this Good News.

If anyone would like to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, the scripture simply says, "For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13) God cannot lie and gives eternal life, as He promised. (Titus 1:2) If anyone needs help in their new walk with the Lord, please email me at the address below. We would consider it a privilege to help you in your new life with the Lord Jesus Christ.