May 9, 2013
My grandfather left orange growing to preach the Gospel through the radio. But this brought him into a season of trials.
Here’s how he described this to his listeners —
We have come to know God in a new way because of the trials of these past three years. We have known what it is to have much sickness; financial losses; to have those turn against us and seek to hurt us who we thought were true friends; to have our only child brought down to death’s door on two occasions; and to have gone before the microphone, after sleepless nights, so burdened and cast down I did not know whether I could preach.
But then he concludes —
I want to tell you that after going through all this and much more, Mrs. Fuller and I know that God is able — that His promises are true.
Two months later he faced another trial, and again saw God’s faithfulness.
An Open Door
My grandfather had trouble finding radio stations that would carry his preaching, because many had policies against religious broadcasting.
But God opened the door for him to take the Sunday evening slot on station KNX, “The Voice Of Hollywood.” This was exciting because KNX planned on increasing its broadcast to cover the entire west coast, Alaska, and Hawaii.
But this Sunday time slot was expensive. Some of my grandfather’s friends urged him not to move ahead. But he believed this was God’s calling, so he made the commitment.
Cancel The Station?
But one Thursday it looked like he had made a mistake. The next day he owed KNX Radio five hundred dollars, or he would need to cancel Sunday’s broadcast. But he only had three hundred fifty dollars.
So he sat there, eyeing the phone, wondering if he should make the call to cancel. Finally, with great regret, he decided to make the call.
But just as he reached for the phone, it rang. A dentist friend, who had come to faith through my grandfather’s broadcast, was calling.
His first words were — Charlie, do you need any money?
My grandfather was shocked, and answered — Yes, I do.
The dentist responded — Well, then, come over and see me.
What God Had Done
So my grandfather drove to the dentist’s home. When he got there, the dentist asked him how much money he needed.
My grandfather answered — One hundred fifty dollars.
The dentist turned to his wife, with a stunned look on his face. Then he pulled from his pocket a check he had already made out to my grandfather for exactly one hundred fifty dollars.
And the dentist explained what had happened. He said his wife had woken him up the previous the night and said — We must give Charles Fuller one hundred fifty dollars tomorrow.
But the dentist explained to his wife that they only had twenty-five dollars in the bank. But she insisted — I don’t care; we’ve got to do it.
He didn’t know what to say. So he suggested they talk about it the next day, and they went back to sleep.
The next morning he went to his dental office as usual. But while he was there, a patient unexpectedly arrived, and said he had come to pay his overdue dental bill — which was for eight hundred dollars.
When the bill was paid, the dentist immediately wrote a check for one hundred fifty dollars to my grandfather. Then he drove home to tell his wife what had happened. And he called my grandfather to have him come over — without knowing anything of how close my grandfather was to cancelling his time slot on the KNX radio station.
They were all stunned and strengthened by God’s merciful, detailed, faithfulness.
So pray. And trust Him. He is faithful.
(From Daniel Fuller’s Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: The Story Of Charles E. Fuller, pp.103-105)
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