Two life-changing readings took place in my life in the Fall
of 1955.

The first was my second reading of Dynamic of Service.
This book is a series of lectures on personal evangelism given by Paget Wilkes
to fellow missionaries from several missions in Karuizawa, Japan, in 1920. I
think that it is the best book on the subject.

The second was reading and studying Acts 8, 9 and 10. This
was brought to my attention by a missionary in Japan. The following is a piece
of his teaching:

In chapter 8, take the time to see how God led Philip to the
Ethiopian and the Ethiopian to Philip. In chapter 9, God led Saul of Tarsus to
Ananias and Ananias to Saul. Chapter 10 tells us how God led Cornelius to Peter
and Peter to Cornelius. In each of these stories, the unbeliever was saved. God
knew that each of them was ripe for the harvest. God led them to the harvester
and the harvester to the ripe harvest. From a human point of view, each of them
was an unlikely candidate for immediate salvation.

After you study these three chapters, consider the
possibility that there is a ripe harvest near you. Please ask God to lead the
harvest to you and you to the harvest. Do not be surprised when God answers
your prayer.

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful
but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out
workers into his harvest field’” (Matthew 9:37-38).

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