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Post Jail Adventures

Shortly after our release from jail there was an important gathering for everyone on our larger team: a planning and strategy meeting. I was still quite tired from the past week’s adventures and from lack of sleep, but decided–against the advice of my wife–to go anyway.

Since I could not be sure if I was being followed or not, I took a very roundabout way to the meeting, including cutting through a back yard and climbing over a fence.

During one part of the meeting, a newer team member asked me a challenging question: “If you were faced with a choice of giving time to your teammates or to the locals, which would you choose?” After having just spent a week sleeping on the cement floor with local brothers and feeling a very strong bond with them in our shared suffering, my quick and emotional answer was, “The locals, of course, that’s why we are here!”

That was not a wise answer in this particular situation. I should have said, “It’s not an either/or situation. I would make sure both needs are met.” But my poor answer served to tip the scales against me in this newcomer’s mind. He was older, a grandfather, had already planted three churches in the US, was just finishing his doctoral degree, and had been an area director for another group in Canada. Now he was starting in a new field as a junior worker without his former position, prestige or power. He did not like me personally and did not like the way I led the team. He was not only suffering culture shock, but job shock, family shock and significance shock.

Following this meeting, he began to recruit a sub-team for himself from among our newer members. One common theme he used as persuasion was that I was not a good leader. Finally a wise younger worker came and told me what this man was doing. I went and talked with him face to face, asking particularly about our relationship, if there was any problem he wanted to talk about with me. He denied that there was anything between us, saying that all was fine.

The next morning in my prayer time, I talked to the Lord about this relationship. As I was praying, it was as if the Lord said to me, “I want you to ask this man for advice in any important decision you need to make!”

“Wait a minute, Lord, are you sure you have that right?” I asked. “This was not the kind of direction I was looking for! I was hoping that you would straighten him out!” However, it is not our job to argue with God, so whenever I was in the process of making a decision as the field leader, I would go to this man and ask his advice. Although it was hard and humiliating for me to do this, it greatly reduced the tension between us.

Later I realized that what he had really craved was having input into the decision making process. When, out of obedience to the Lord, I gave him that opportunity, his tolerance of me and my leadership improved, although the damage he caused in the minds of the younger workers was to plague me for the next fifteen years, the Lord used that for my growth also.

This man went on to make a significant contribution to the field in the development of our church planting strategy. It was good he stayed. It was good God got my attention and led me to change. It is good to listen when God speaks. As one of my mentors used to say, “Remember that the shortcut to humility is the road of humiliation.”

Shortly after our release from jail, I put together a twenty-page booklet entitled, “The Rights of the Believers in Jesus in Tur.key.” This included excerpts from the two papers our lawyers had written, along with a clear explanation of who we were as a group, plus copies of the court decisions in our favor and quotes from specific laws.

A friend gave me money to have it published and bound with a handsome black and red cover, making it look very official. This was helpful to the local believers, giving them something they could show to friends and relatives who questioned them, as well as to the authorities who might harass them.

We were still quite sure that there would be more repercussions for some of us, with the possibility of being expelled. My residence permit was valid until the end of the year, even though I hadn’t worked since March. It was unusual for the government to have done nothing about that change in my status.

So, it was no surprise one day in October that I was summoned to report to the legal office in the police headquarters. When I walked in and presented the summons paper, the man looked at me and glared. “So this is you! Give me your passport and residence permit,” he growled, “I’m going to throw you out of the country. Now get out of my office while I process this! I don’t want anyone like you in here!”

I went out into a waiting area, sat down and took out my prayer list. I spent a good half hour praying before the same man came out of his office and approached me. “Ah, Mr. Wibberley,” he said in a polite and respectful tone, “Here’s your passport and residence permit. You can stay until it runs out. And if you get a new job, we’ll give you another one.  Have a good day!”

I was stunned. What had happened to change that man’s whole demeanor? There was no doubt that the Lord was somehow at work here. Three years later we found out what had taken place. The Minister of the Interior had written an order to expel me and two others from the country because of our arrests. This letter had been put in my folder and consequently a notice was sent for me to report to the police.

In the meantime, the Minister of Foreign Affairs heard about all of this. He asked, “What can I say to officials in Europe when they want to know why we are persecuting foreign Christians? These men must not be expelled!” To correct the situation, he wrote a countermanding order to keep us in the country.

When I arrived at the legal office, the policeman had read only the expulsion letter, no doubt full of strong accusations, and he then reflected the anger it contained. However, when he opened my file to process my expulsion, he found the newer letter from the Foreign Minister commanding him not to change my status, and, I would guess, to treat me well!  Here is God working in the upper echelons of government to protect His children! A four-star God sighting! We were very thankful.

 

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The Habakkuk Attitude

 
[Written five years ago]
In the midst of Barbara’s debilitating illness and the deterioration it brings, we want to continue to follow Habakkuk’s example in Habakkuk 3:17-19
“Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
“YET I will REJOICE in the LORD, (Yahweh)
I will BE JOYFUL in God (Elohim) my Savior.
[these are acts of the will, leading Habakkuk’s emotions to the proper place of rest in God.]
Like Habakkuk, in the midst of my wife’s difficulties, I choose to rejoice in you, Lord, for you are good always, you are the source of our joy–not our having things go the way we want.
I praise you for what you are going to do in Barbara’s illness, Lord. I can let go of the negatives and cling to you. I praise you for what you are doing, for what you are planning, for what you will work out, as you did with Old Testament Joseph in all he suffered.
Help us all to respond as Joseph did, trusting you, bringing glory to your name, and healing to our souls. I thank you for the unseen things you are going to accomplish through this, for the good that you will draw out of it. I ask for your guidance in what I should do to join your purposes.
Lord Jesus, you are the Wonderful One, full of wisdom, grace, righteousness, mercy, justice, goodness and power. You are the One who can overrule in any situation you desire. You could have worked Barbara’s illness out in another way, but you allowed and guided things in this direction, so we choose to trust you with praise and to look at the bigger picture of what you are doing in shaping our character and giving us opportunity to honor you in trust.
Lord, to belong to you, to be your possession, to personally know you is wonderful, marvelous, majestic. “Blessed” is way too mild a word! To know that you chose us, wanted us as your children, sought us out, bought us, adopted us, transformed us, and that you richly, wholeheartedly love and cherish us–this is awe-inspiringly marvelous! It is more than we could ever have imagined or hoped for, especially in the light of what we actually deserved (punishment, rejection, suffering, eternal separation from you and all that is good).
So we choose to trust you through praise, knowing that you have laid out the race before us, empowering us to run it with perseverance and patience. And we run, looking to you, Lord Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, knowing that as we look ahead to the joy you have for us, we can endure whatever cross you give us, for we will be seated with you at the banquet table of your wedding feast in Heaven (Heb. 12:1-3).
 
[Epilogue: after years of depression and difficulty for Barbara, there has been marked improvement in the last months. We are thankful!]
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Weakness and Power

This entry from EDIFIED! (written years ago) is very relevant to me as I face issues with the zoning board here. The advice from this has been very helpful.
 
“When I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10b
 
Facing me is a situation where others, who are at odds with me, are going to decide my future. In this I am weak–and that is good. Yes, good, but uncomfortable. Praise you, Lord, that being comfortable is not the measure of anything important, spiritual or significant. Knowing your Word, trusting you, living in praise, obeying what we know to be true, these are what is important.
 
We need to train our faith to respond biblically to whatever comes. As Lilias Trotter, pioneer evangelist in Algeria in the 1800s, said, “Swinging out over the abyss without anything other than you, Lord, rejoicing in this need to trust in you and your power, praising for your goodness before any solution can be seen, this is trained faith.”
 
Praise you, Father that you are at work in ways I cannot see or foresee. I praise you for what you are doing and what you will do in this, for you are great, you are good —you are God.
 
“Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who trusts in Him” (Ps. 34:8). I have certainly tasted and seen your goodness over and over again, Lord. You have protected me many times in near accidents; you have provided an inner stability that in my past has prevented suicide, relational crashes and personal failure.
 
You have also guided me through a maze of difficulties in my life: the journey through depression in my 20s, adjustments in marriage, transition to life in the Middle East, dark days of deprivation and difficulty, accidents and expulsion, team turmoil, arrests, trials and uncertainty. You not only carried us through, but strengthened, deepened and matured us while utilizing us in your Kingdom. What a privilege it is to walk with you, to join you in the great plan you are carrying out to bring history to a conclusion and take us with you.
 
I have tasted and seen that you are the King of kindness, you are the Lord of love, you are the Ruler of righteousness and the Sovereign of selflessness. I praise you that you are only good—a stable, unshifting, sure good. In you there is no wavering, no toying with the fate of people, no partiality, no failure to pay attention, no being late, no compulsiveness, no capriciousness, no mood swings, no lack of knowledge, no hesitation, no uncertainty, no inconsistency.
 
You are the God who is pure in motive, perfect in planning, persistent in values, perceptive in understanding, purposeful in love. You are flawless in execution, abundant in mercy, rich in resources, overflowing in love, generous in giving, gracious in provision, limitless in creativity, slow in anger and positive in patience. You are a marvel, you are majestic, you are trustable, you are great. To you be glory both now and forevermore.
 
Prayer: “Lord, I praise you now for how you are going to work things out in my present uncertainties. I give you honor without seeing the end, for you are absolutely trustable. Keep me thinking these truths, help me to respond with love and grace and goodness, to fight the real enemy with praise, prayer and persistence in obedience. Amen.”

Picture: no matter how tangled the future may appear, God will make a path through.

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Psalm 107

 
As it says in Psalm 107, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
[And we do see your love every day, Lord, in the myriad of provisions and protections you pour out upon us. You made us able to see, hear, speak, walk, work and write. You give us food, shelter, health, community and sleep. You provide protection, guidance, warning and help–these among many other wonderful gifts.]
“Let the redeemed of the LORD say this–those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,”
[You, Lord Jesus, have marvelously redeemed and rescued us from the hand of Satan, from the hand of sin, from the hands of evil men. You are our Savior, Shepherd and Sustainer. Praise be to you forever and ever for your gracious, good and great salvation.]
“those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.”
[Thank you, Lord, that your Spirit works in every land in every people, opening their eyes, giving them the desire for truth, bringing them your Word so they, too, can enter you Kingdom, become your children, and spend eternity with you. You are the true, loving God, gracious to all, forgiving to all those who come to your call.]
“Some wandered in desert wastelands,”
[when we reject your truth and go our own way, we dwell in dry and parched lands of our own making, far from the green pastures you have for us.]
“finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.”
[When on our own path, we go from one bad decision to the next. We search for emotional and physical sustenance but find none; instead we grow weaker and weaker. Everything goes downhill because we are far from your way.]
“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,”
[When we finally saw that our selfish way was not good, that our weak wisdom was insufficient, that our strength was too little to escape condemnation, then we cried out to you.]
“and he delivered them from their distress.”
[You, Lord, in your goodness, were right there, waiting for us to come to our senses, to see our need, to cry out to you. You were ready to help as soon as we were ready to receive. You plucked us out of our distress and inserted us into your forgiveness, your family and your future plans.]
“He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.”
[You, Lord, know the way to shelter and are very willing, eager to lead us to it, if only we will follow. You give us wisdom, insight, security and community, all we need to prosper.]
“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love”
[and truly your love is unfailing as you wait and wait and wait for us to repent of our selfish, stubborn independence. You don’t give up, you are patient, persistence and prepared.]
“and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
[What you have for us is beyond good–it is wonderful, marvelous, awesome and great. You, Lord, have only good for us, satisfying our thirst for love and forgiveness, our hunger for relationship, our deep desire for reality and meaning.
You know our needs, for you are our Creator; you are able to supply our needs, for you are infinite; you desire to give us what we need, and promise to do so, for you are good. Praise be to you, both now and forever. Help us to walk in the light of these truths today.]
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Slander and Joy

Written 15 years ago, but very relavent for our situation today.
 
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Ephesians 6:12
 
The flood of anti-Christian articles and TV shows in our Middle Eastern country this past month has driven us again to that high and golden standard: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me…Love your enemies, pray for those persecute you…” (Mat. 5:11,44).
Criticism by itself is hard to take, but when it comes in the form of vicious slander from ignorant, hateful, bitter and vengeful people, it is much harder to respond in a godly way. Yet God calls us to give a superhuman reply to persecution, rather than feeling sorry for ourselves.
Just this morning I was reading in Acts 3 where, after the initial arrest, interrogation and release of Peter and John, the church meets and prays, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” That’s the opposite of whining!
Then came another blow here: one who had been a pastor for several years renounced his faith—the outcome, I believe of the unhealthy practice of workers giving a young pastor a salary; when the salary was stopped, the pastor “lost his faith.”
He went on several national TV talk shows where he reinforced all the lies others had been telling about us (people become Christians for money, the workers’ aims are all political, they want to take land away from the country, etc.). He went on to name specific workers, projects and events, exposing many to possible attack. He also has the addresses of many correspondence course contacts he’d been following up on, placing these seekers in danger.
Again, Jesus’ words about such happenings came to mind: “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Mat. 5:12).
We are confident that God will somehow use this for good, for spreading His Word across this land. [Epilogue, today, years later there is a genuine awakening going on in this country!]
I’ve been praying Psalm 140 for the situation, especially verses 8 and 9: “…do not grant the wicked their desire…let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused…let not slanderers be established in the land.”
One answer to this prayer came in an interesting way. A reporter for a major newspaper challenged those making outlandish accusations against Christians: “If you say there are 89 house churches in this one area of our city, show them to me one by one, and if you can’t, I’ll call you a liar before everyone!” Unbelievers ended up defending us!
With God’s grace we will continue to rejoice in such persecution while recognizing that in this serious situation we need prayer for His protection and the outworking of events for good.
 
Prayer: “Lord, we need to think your thoughts consistently and constantly; keep us in the Word, responding in faith, in praise and in grace. May you be glorified in every situation. We are weak and that is good; make your power perfect in our weakness. Amen.”
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God’s Four Gifts to Us, Part Four

 
 
A fourth gift He has for us is improving our emotional, mental and physical health. This comes through expressing gratitude to Him as we live out Psalm 50:23 by giving thanks in all things, both positive and painful, delightful and difficult.
A secular article on News Max entitled “Giving Thanks Makes Us Happier,” points out that having an attitude of gratitude brings many benefits. A summary says, “Researchers delving into the physiology of gratitude have discovered it acts powerfully upon neurotransmitters in the brain to increase happiness, reduce stress, boost energy and even improve sleep.” In a separate article, I read that gratitude also strengthens our immune system.
This, of course, is simply discovering what God has told us all along: giving thanks is powerfully good for us, as well as for all those around us. And it is good for God, as we are joining Him in advancing His Kingdom.
When God commands us to do something, it is always for the best. His expression of these truths is found in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, WITH THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, WILL GUARD your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
These truths are reiterated in an article in the latest Reader’s Digest, entitled “The Goodness of Gratitude,” saying, “people who wrote thank you letters or performed good deeds for a six-week period decreased their pain, upped their energy, accomplished more every day, and improved their mental health for up to six months. And you can reap these benefits at any age.”
God’s wisdom is far deeper than we can imagine! It is our privilege and responsibility to live out Psalm 50:23 (“He who offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me and opens the way that I may show him the salvation of the Lord” by making every day a “Thanksgiving Day.”
Do yourself and many others a good turn and offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving in each event, especially the ones you don’t like—then watch God work!
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God’s Four Gifts to Us, Part Two and Three
As we saw in part one, Psalm 50:23 starts with “He who offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me”–meaning that if we give thanks when we don’t feel like it, we fulfill the purpose of our lives, giving honor to God before the unseen hosts as well as the people around us.
 
The verse then continues with “…and prepares the way that I may show him the salvation of the Lord.” Here we see the second gift God has for us: the privilege of partnering with Him in bringing about solutions, of joining Him in a way that He power can work in us and in our situation for good.
 
Paul echoes this principle in 2 Cor. 12:10 “…I will boast all the more gladly in my weakness SO THAT the power of Christ may rest in me.”
As we give thanks in and for difficulties, we open the way (maybe, get out of the way is more accurate!) for Him to bring the resolution and results He’s planned and prepared. These may come right away, or they may not be visible until years later, as with Joseph in Egypt. Whether seen or unseen, God moves as we give thanks in faith for what is painful for us.
This means that the opposite may also be true: when we complain we block the way for God’s work in our situation. For instance, in experiencing a painful relationship, when we complain things get worse; when we offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving, we are helped with not saying hurtful things and help move things in a good direction.
 
As 1 Peter 1:5 says, believers,”THROUGH FAITH are shielded by God’s power….” As we trust, operating out of faith, we are protected; as we complain, we expose ourselves to attacks by the enemy.
A third gift God bestows when we give thanks, is the privilege of being a powerful witness to those around us. Our unnatural, supernatural response to trouble puts us up on the stage of grace where we can do the dance of faith in front of all those around us. As we trust God we bring a focus on God’s good character in a way that words alone could never do.
Thus God gives us opportunity to join Him in the spread of the gospel by walking in faith, in opening people’s eyes to spiritual truth, and in drawing them to Himself. Are we joining Him by offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving?

God’s Four Gifts to Us, Part Two and Three

As we saw in part one, Psalm 50:23 starts with “He who offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me”–meaning that if we give thanks when we don’t feel like it, we fulfill the purpose of our lives, giving honor to God before the unseen hosts as well as the people around us.

 

The verse then continues with “…and prepares the way that I may show him the salvation of the Lord.” Here we see the second gift God has for us: the privilege of partnering with Him in bringing about solutions, of joining Him in a way that He power can work in us and in our situation for good.

 

Paul echoes this principle in 2 Cor. 12:10 “…I will boast all the more gladly in my weakness SO THAT the power of Christ may rest in me.”

 

As we give thanks in and for difficulties, we open the way (maybe, get out of the way is more accurate!) for Him to bring the resolution and results He’s planned and prepared. These may come right away, or they may not be visible until years later, as with Joseph in Egypt. Whether seen or unseen, God moves as we give thanks in faith for what is painful for us.

 

This means that the opposite may also be true: when we complain we block the way for God’s work in our situation. For instance, in experiencing a painful relationship, when we complain things get worse; when we offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving, we are helped with not saying hurtful things and help move things in a good direction.

 

As 1 Peter 1:5 says, believers,”THROUGH FAITH are shielded by God’s power….” As we trust, operating out of faith, we are protected; as we complain, we expose ourselves to attacks by the enemy.

 

A third gift God bestows when we give thanks, is the privilege of being a powerful witness to those around us. Our unnatural, supernatural response to trouble puts us up on the stage of grace where we can do the dance of faith in front of all those around us. As we trust God we bring a focus on God’s good character in a way that words alone could never do.

Thus God gives us opportunity to join Him in the spread of the gospel by walking in faith, in opening people’s eyes to spiritual truth, and in drawing them to Himself. Are we joining Him by offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving?

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More of the Arrest Story

Ongoing Saga of Arrests
 
The next day was Sunday, the first day our little fellowship was allowed back into the German school. But ironically, half the church was back in jail again!
When Barbara and the boys arrived at the school, they sat outside, debating whether to go in or not; maybe the police were inside, waiting to arrest everyone who came in! Eventually one of our teammates arrived and together they went in to find the remaining believers who had not been arrested.
In the afternoon of the third day, the cell door was unlocked and two policemen brought in large cardboard boxes, like the ones refrigerators come in.
“Here, you can spread these out on the floor to sleep on,” one said gruffly. Later we learned that discussions with the American Consul had prompted this kindness. We were thankful, for even the quarter inch thickness of cardboard provided some warmth and a bit of cushioning on the concrete floor.
Later that day I was taken up to a large main office filled with many policemen working at desks and was told to sit in a chair and wait.
Suddenly all the policemen jumped up and stood stiffly at attention as a man dressed in a white shirt and tie walked in. He came over to where I was sitting and looked me up and down.
“Why don’t you go back to your own country and help people out there? You Americans have enough problems of your own!” he barked.
I answered carefully, realizing this man was a high official here. “It’s true we have problems. But there are plenty of people there to help. I want to stay here and do good!”
After a few more questions, with me persistently expressing my desire to stay, he turned away in disgust.
Later I found out that he was the Director Police for the whole province, a very powerful man. My law professor friend, Dr. T, had had this man as a student, and when he heard that I’d been arrested, had gone to see the Director to speak on my behalf.
After our interview the Director reported to Dr. T that I was a “bad man,” and had refused to cooperate by agreeing to leave the country!
On the sixth day of incarceration there was something astir, and rumors went around saying that we were to be released. In the afternoon the cell door opened and a policeman entered. “All you Christians come with us. But leave your things here,” he said, indicating our extra clothing. Hmm, that didn’t seem to indicate imminent release.
We filed out of the cell to find several other policemen with submachine guns waiting in the hallway. They escorted us up two flights and into a large room with TV cameras, bright lights and a lot of reporters, maybe fifty of them.
There was a large table covered with books that they had confiscated from some of us. They’d also placed a large knife in the midst of them to make us look like a dangerous group.
This was standard procedure for the arrests of terrorists, an attempt to shame them before the public. And after six days of sleeping on the floor in our clothes, we looked pretty scruffy, adding credence to the bad image.
A high level policeman in a suit stepped to the microphone and read out the charges against us. One of them was that all the books on the table were illegal. This was too much for me.
“That is not true,” I called out in a loud voice. Startled, everyone turned toward me. “All of these books have been approved by the prosecuting attorney for publications. And every time we have been arrested or accused of wrongdoing, we have been acquitted.”
“That’s right,” chimed in Julian, “According to the law we have done nothing wrong!”
The policemen all glared at us; if looks could have killed, we’d have all died on the spot! They were clearly angry, but couldn’t do anything to us in front of all those reporters.
One high-ranking officer near us said to his neighbor, “Couldn’t you have made these prisoners into men before bringing them up here?” That is code for beating people into submission.
When the press conference was over, they took us back to the cell. We were disappointed that they hadn’t released us, but Ivan had something to lift our spirits.
“Look what I took from the table of books,” he said, holding up a New Testament! We all laughed. Ivan was finally using his criminal bent for something good.
With the New Testament in hand, we had a good time sharing more scripture with Al. He read it with us in the cell, but couldn’t take it home; prisoners were searched when leaving jail as well as coming in and it would have been taken from him. In the end we hid it behind the radiator for the next set of prisoners to find and read.
That night they herded all of us, believers, communists, and other prisoners into the smaller front cell. As we sat around, crowded up against each other, the communists began to tell dirty jokes.
I jumped in and began telling clean ones. I’d developed quite a repertoire of them to use in my English classes, so this went on for quite a while.
We laughed so hard that policemen from the next floor up came down to yell that we weren’t allowed to laugh like that in jail!
When it was time to sleep, there so many of us that we had to lie down in rows like sardines. When anyone wanted to turn over, we all had to turn together.
That night brought the most marvelous concert of snores I’ve ever heard. It took quite a while for me to fall asleep as I chuckled over it.
The next morning the police brought news that we were going to be released, but then announced that they’d lost the key to the padlock on the door! After a couple of hours they came back with a bolt cutter and clipped the lock off.
After processing us out of the jail, the police took us to a hospital for examination, and then released us. We were ecstatic but also exhausted.
Our lawyer later informed us that the police would bring no further charges against us. They were getting the picture: the more they persecuted us, the wider and more clearly our legal freedoms to share our faith was defined. God at work turning the devil’s attacks into advances for His Kingdom.
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New Book Announcement

Introducing my eleventh book,
THE ADD-ON ESKIMO,
an historical novel,
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Sixteen year old Ayit said to himself, “The spirits we serve claim they created the world. But they do such ugly things and the world is so beautiful. There has to be a good Creator God!”
Here is the true story of a Siberian Yupik Eskimo who was drawn to faith in Jesus by what he saw in Creation. God then made sure he heard the gospel, to which Ayit said, “Aha, the good Creator God I’ve been looking for!
Join Ayit in hunting polar bears, seals, walrus and whale, in boat building and fox trapping, in fishing and driving his dog sled, and see how the Eskimos lived in the early 1900s.
 
Then watch how Ayit’s surrender to Christ triggered a spiritual war between his family and the spirits as well as with the people of his village. They were attacked from every side, but Jesus rescued and helped them in each instance, proving Himself the good Creator God.
Through all this Ayit and his father learned to add on the qualities of 2 Peter 1:5-7, joining God in what He was doing in their generations and beyond. And you can do the same by following their example.
 
Available on Amazon in paperback and kindle.
 
Search for S.M. Wibberley to find it.