Feb 13, 2012
My grandfather ended up being a well-known radio evangelist. But that was not his original plan.
In April 1919 my grandfather was married and had dreams of becoming a successful orange grower. So he bought a small orange grove. And in the meantime, to pay the bills, he worked in an orange packing warehouse.
But one day as he worked in the warehouse something unusual happened. He felt a strong call from God to quit his job, go to Bible school, and then into the ministry.
This sense of calling was so startling — so strong — that he could not keep working. So he found a place in the warehouse where he could be alone behind some crates. And he knelt down and prayed.
As he prayed, the sense of calling increased. But then came some doubts.
He had tried debating in college, but was not a very polished speaker; how could he ever preach?
And if he quit his job, where would he get the money to support his wife, let alone pay for Bible school?
These doubts were so strong that he decided to ignore the call, get up off his knees, and return to work.
But as he walked back to his desk, his sense of God’s call increased.
God’s hand was so heavy on him that he stopped, returned to the spot behind the crates, got back on his knees, and prayed –
Oh, Lord, I will walk in your path. I will even try to preach.
I will resign my position and trust you to supply our needs as I prepare for the ministry.
As a result of this surrender to God’s call, he felt God’s peace overcome his doubts. He knew this was God’s call, and he knew he must obey.
So he got up from his knees, walked into the warehouse owner’s office, and said he would be resigning at the end of the summer.
No Money From Oranges
He had no idea how he would provide for his wife, so they started praying for God to provide.
They were hoping some money would come from his own orange grove’s harvest. But that year the crop was so small it did not even cover the loan payment for the grove.
Now things really looked impossible. But he knew God had called — so they kept praying.
A few days later he received a surprising phone call from an oil company.
The caller explained that they had discovered oil in the area. He asked if they could buy the rights to drill for oil on his orange grove. They offered him $10,000 (which today would be $132,000).
He agreed — and that money more than supported him and his wife as he went through Bible college.
The oil company never did drill on his property. But God had miraculously provided.
(From Daniel Fuller’s Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: The Story of Charles E. Fuller, pp.37f.)
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