The following true story happened in Siberia:
Several years ago, a hungry Nenets fisherman left the town of Ceaca on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia. The Nenets are hunters and fishermen who live on the Siberian tundra. This Nenets man went looking for food, and he prayed to any god who might hear him, asking for a sign.
Not long after he finished his prayer, a Bible fell from the sky and landed near him. He went back into town with the copy of God’s Word saying, “I have received a sign.” Today, he is part of a church where there are 30 Nenets Christians.
What the villager did not know is that a helicopter had flown from Salekhard the day he got his sign. In that helicopter were two government officials bringing relief aid to needy locales. As they flew, they sorted through their cargo. One said to the other, “The cans of food are good, but what do we need with these books?” So he began throwing the Gideon Scriptures out the window.
It may have been a miracle of God that the Bible fell beside that fisherman, but it was an act of obedience that put the Bible on the helicopter in the first place. Christians paid money to have those Scriptures printed; they paid to have them delivered to Siberia. Others were praying that the Gospel would find good soil among the Nenets people, and God used their faithfulness, their commitment to His mission, and their love for the Nenets people to perform this miracle.
And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision. 1 Samuel 3:1
My name is Andre Marcosta. I grew up in a Roman Catholic family, but rejected the teachings of the church and my family. When I was 15 years old I started using drugs and alcohol. Sports became more important to me than school so I repeated classes several times.
Upon finishing ninth grade, I was recruited to army service. I suffered much during the time Mozambique was in civil war. Drugs and alcohol continued to dominate me and I was so evil I was given the name, “O Horror Marcosta,” which means “Dreaded Marcosta.”
My heart was filled with hatred and sorrow.
If you liked the story of the fishermen in Siberia or if you would like to know the rest of Andre’s story, go to Gideon’s Blog.
On this blog you will find wonderful stories of how God has worked in the lives of men and women around the world by providing to them a copy of the Bible.
Some in the USA take for granted the wonderful privilege of being able to purchase and read the Bible. Because it is readily available some may not take advantage of the power found in the pages of this book:
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
If you haven’t read the story of Gideon lately, that might be a place to start. Judges 6, 7
- If you are afraid to go, go anyway (treclark.wordpress.com)
- Divine Warrior Series (3) (srforsberg.org)
- Judges 6:11-24 The Lord Is Peace (fromyourhearttothelord.com)
- Judges 6 (asorensen.wordpress.com)