“Incredible”: autobiography of John Nelson Parr — Contents
Chapter Fifteen: Incredible Methods
In 1951 when I reached the age of sixty-five I re-dedicated my life, possessions and everything I had to the Lord Jesus and urged Him to give me another ten years preaching the glorious Gospel and asked Him to give me more souls during those ten years than He had helped me to win during the whole of my Christian service. The Lord took me at my word and commenced to plan for the accomplishment of this burning passion in my soul for the hell-bound millions. In 1955 the British Assemblies of God telephoned inviting me to be Radio Evangelist on Radio Luxembourg and it was my privilege and great joy to preach over that station for nearly five years to an estimated number of 500,000 people every week listening to “Revival Time”. Over three hundred people sent letters informing us they had accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour. One Radio Evangelist who had been preaching over the radio for many years informed me that the number of letters received could be multiplied by five to allow for those who accepted Christ after listening to the programme but did not go to the trouble of writing a letter. My radio ministry has since that date increased and abounded and it has been my great joy to preach the glorious Gospel of Christ to millions over W.I.V.V., Puerto Rico (West Indies), “Y.N.O.L.” Nicaragua (Central America), Radio Australia, Radio Manx, Radio Caroline (British Isles) and Radio Manila (Far East Broadcasting Co.). (These programmes are sponsored by the New Life Evangelical Association, Australia, British A. of G. and Bethshan Tabernacle.) Letters from listeners to this programme have been received from the following countries: Ghana, New Guinea, Japan, Assam, Ceylon, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Borneo and Burma. “Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me praise His Holy Name”. What a magnificent door the Lord opened to me when he made it possible for me to go on the radio. It has been my joy to preach over two thousand times all over the world over various radio stations.
When I reached the age of seventy it seemed to me the time had come to prepare for the future of Bethshan Tabernacle. With this end in view I commenced to draft out a constitution. This was submitted to our solicitors for their comments and corrections and when visiting U.S.A. obtained copies of the American Assembly of God constitution for their 7,000 local Assemblies. This was carefully studied by our solicitors and myself. We incorporated in the Bethshan constitution some of the provisions which we thought would be applicable to this country. The final constitution has proved to be a very satisfactory document. About this time we appointed a co-Pastor, hoping he would ultimately step into my shoes. Ultimately this appointment did not prove satisfactory. Notwithstanding our trials, the Lord continued to fill the meetings with revival fire and power and many sinners continued coming to the Saviour in nearly every meeting.
Chapter 17: The Incredible New Bethshan
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