Drawing Souls To Christ
“Stan, you have to put that story in writing.”
I was reluctant. I am an artist, not an author. But compelled by my wife’s persistence, here is the story of how Art from the Bible has become an international ministry beyond expectations. We just stand in awe of the Lord. Students and teachers in more than 10,000 schools across Canada, the United States, Jamaica, Colombia and Ecuador have been thrilled to see and hear this unique presentation. Many thousands have received Christ as their Lord and Sav-iour. ‘lb God be the glory – great things He has done! It has been an AWESOME ADVENTURE IN CHRIST! The men and women of the Bible had many of the same needs and feelings that people have today. Sometimes they were happy and at other times sad. Some were heroes; others were cowards. It is up to each of us to choose between good and evil. The choices are as difficult today as then – real people with real problems. The same principles apply now as then: “They did not conquer by their own strength and skill but by Your mighty power and because you smiled upon them and favoured them.” (Psalm 44:3) Some of us have a tendency to revere Biblical heroes as happy and at other times sad. Some were heroes; others were cowards. It is up to each of us to choose between good and evil. The choices are as difficult today as then – real people with real problems. The same principles apply now as then: “They did not conquer by their own strength and skill but by Your mighty power and because you smiled upon them and favoured them.” (Psalm 44:3) Some of us have a tendency to revere Biblical heroes as su-per people thinking that these people lived on a higher plane than we can possibly attain. We also have a tendency to respect and revere some of the Lord’s high profile servants today in the same way. The Bible teaches that dependence upon the power of God and His anointing is the secret that produces answers to prayer and can make life an Awesome Adventure in Christ. It is not just for a privileged particularly holy few, but for all who sim-ply, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Matthew 5:33) When we realize our inadequacies and our utter helplessness to accomplish whatever the task is in our own strength – it is then that we learn to trust God to do what in our own strength cannot be done. We can also see how He deserves the Glory. Gwen, my marriage partner, sweetheart and best friend for sixty years was the inspiration for this work and its existence is due to her vision and tenacity. She made me promise to write the book. Please read it in the spirit it is intended – it is our hope and prayer to honour God and bring blessings to you. Please read it prayerfully. A lifetime ago, in 1945, I read about the life of the Irish preacher Billy Bray. He taught by example how to pray about everything great or small. The value of prayer has been a constant in my life since then. After Gwen and I had shared thirty wonderful years of life and ministry, we were about to gear down for retirement, but the Lord called us to begin Bible Art Ministries. That was in September 1976. This book tells the story of that ministry. But let me begin with how I found my partner, and the gradual un-folding of God’s plan.
I met Bertrand at Lorton Prison in Fairfax, Virginia. Bertrand was a very fine boxer, built like Mr. Universe. I saw him boxing in the prison gym. His handsome face was unmarked. He could avoid a punch like Mohammed All in his prime. The gym was adjacent to the prison chapel where we ex-pected to minister that night. But the Black Muslims had taken over the chapel for the night, and we were told to have our meeting elsewhere. But where? A guard suggested the cafeteria. Would there be anyone there? Well, a few might wander in for a coffee. It would be a catch-as-catch-can situation. A handful of prisoners had gath-ered with me. They were upset about the change in location.
I am not ashamed of Jesus. I am not ashamed I prayed that prayer. One of the prisoners later said, “Bertrand never came to a chapel service before. If we had met in the chapel, Bertrand would not have been there.” Surely the hand of God was in this. lb God be the glory.