”Thou shalt not steal.” (Exodus 20:15)


Tuesday 18 July 1978 on Pacific Island Guam, U.S.A.: Day after day, reading Bible stories to children, singing and praying together, and taking them to Harvest Baptist Church to get them taught well, it is most rewarding to see the Holy Spirit work godly sorrow in their hearts. “Uncle Sam, I steal candy at the store,” confesses a 7-year-old Vietnamese American girl (out of the blue). 

‘I see. So, you must tell Jesus you are sorry and ask Him to forgive you. Will you do that?’ She sadly nods her head and follows me in prayer. ‘We need to go tell the store lady and pay her.’ This is the hard part. But with God’s Help I talk her into going with me. I question her as to how much she thinks she has stolen over a period of time and give her a $5 bill to pay for it.

With her in tow, I walk to the small (privately owned) store nearby and we go to the counter where the store lady owner is. (Presently, no one else is in her small store, which sure helps our privacy.) ‘I’m Uncle Sam. I’ve been teaching these neighborhood children about Jesus and “Celina” tells me she has been stealing candy from your store. She has come now to tell you she is sorry. ‘Celina’--.’

“Sorry.” From a little sinner’s head bowed most low in shame; the tiny voice sounds out for all eternity and is recorded by the Judge of all the earth. Glory to God!

‘Pay her the money.’ Then the little angel hands the lady the $5 and we soon leave. No doubt this gave the local Chamorro Catholic store lady some food for thought.

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of.”

Reader Friend, have you allowed the Holy Spirit to work godly sorrow in your heart, or are you headed to eternal Hell fire to receive the never-ending punishment of your sins?

I greatly appreciate you diligent Sunday School teachers who tell your kids’ class of my missionary work and sometimes give me their offerings of $3 or so. Please tell them this story of “Celina” and that I use their offerings in such manner as making restitution for this repentant girl. Thank you, children, for giving. Thank you for being a Missionary Helper. May God richly bless you for all you do for me.

“Abba Father, please save me from the sin of stealing. Please save me from the sin of coveting things that are not mine, a sin that so often leads to the additional sin of stealing. Help me to teach others not to steal, especially children. I now pray for “Celina”. Please save everyone in her family to the utmost! Bless them richly, I pray. Please fill Brother Richard with Holy Ghost Power as he preaches Christ in Japan, calling on lost Japanese souls to repent of serving dead idols and turn to the True and Living God (Who created them) to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save them. Amen!”

Richard Yerby  (Matsuida, Japan)  www.Christ-is-all.us



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