Most of us use our vacation to "get away from it all" and unwind. For
Bert Craft and Joshua Rogers it didn't quite work out that way. First they
volunteered to join a team of soulwinners going to Bangkok, Thailand. There they
helped distribute over a quarter million gospel tracts to the visitors and
team members at the Asian Olympics.
After the games were over, they still had some time and a burden for the
Muslim people. So, they boarded a flight to the island of Madura, one of the
most fanatically Muslim areas of Indonesia. There they took to the streets
with handfuls of gospel tracts, witnessing whenever they found someone who spoke
They found the common people eager to take the literature. Most were respectful
and curious, burdened with trying and failing to fulfill the Islamic law.
Never knowing if they have ever pleased their god, they are very open to the
idea of the sure cleansing of the blood of Christ.
In order to get a better scope of the area, Craft and Rogers rented mopeds.
When they stopped to walk along a beach, one of the mopeds was stolen. They
rushed to report it to the police, but were themselves arrested for the "wicked
and sinister act" of distributing anti-Muslim literature.
By this time their backpacks were almost empty of tracts but had some left in
their pockets. The authorities took the packs but nothing from their pockets.
They decided to follow the example in the Acts of the Apostles and began to sing
hymns, memorize scriptures and rejoice that they were worthy to suffer for
the cause of Christ.
This caught the attention of the other prisoners and their "jail ministry"
began. For three days and two nights they continued witnessing to the other
prisoners with tracts and Bible teaching. Finally they were released, hungry
and dirty, but unharmed. They figured that God had someone (or several) in that
prison who needed the gospel and He couldn't reach them any other way.
They continued several days in the area placing more tracts in the eager hands
that reached for them and witnessing where language allowed. Craft and Rogers
said that the experience with the police showed just how much Jesus and Christians
are hated, but when they talked to the common people there was an honest hunger for
the peace and joy found in Christ.
Besides the moped, they lost a wristwatch and camera to thieves but in the
process planted thousands of paper gospel missionaries. These will remain for
years, quietly testifying to the power of
the blood of Christ to free