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A missionary on furlough told this true story while visiting his home 
church in Michigan...
"While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I 
traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies. 
This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the 
halfway point. On one of these journeys, I arrived in the city where I 
planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then 
begin my two-day journey back to the field hospital. Upon arrival in 
the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom had been seriously 
injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same time talked 
to him about the Lord Jesus Christ. I then traveled two days, camping 
overnight, and arrived home without incident. Two weeks later I 
repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I was approached by 
the young man I had treated. He told me that he had known I carried 
money and medicines. He said, "Some friends and I followed you into 
the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill you 
and take your money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into 
your camp, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards.'" 
At this I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone out in that 
jungle campsite. The young man pressed the point, however, and 
said, 'No sir, I was not the only person to see the guards. My five 
friends also saw them, and we all counted them. It was because of 
those guards that we were afraid and left you alone.'" 
At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the congregation 
jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he 
could tell him the exact day that this happened. The missionary told 
the congregation the date, and the man who interrupted told him this 
story: "On the night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here 
and I was preparing to go play golf. I felt the urge to pray for you. 
In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong, I called men in this 
church to meet with me here in the sanctuary to pray for you. Would 
all of those men who met with me on that day stand up?" 
The men who had met together to pray that day stood up. The 
missionary wasn't concerned with who they were-he was too busy
counting how many men he saw. There were 26.


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