Soul winning never ceases to bring blessings.
A soul won many years ago will give dividends for eternity.
Not long ago I was preaching in a city in Florida and exhorting the people to go out into the highways and hedges and bring in the poor as well as the rich. I spoke especially about little children and the importance of reaching those for whom no one else cares. After the service, a pastor introduced himself to me and then turned to introduce his lovely wife. As l shook her hand she said, “I think you know me. I was a member of your little country church near Marshall, Texas, many years ago.” Immediately I remembered that she had lived in a little country house and that I had gotten up early one Sunday, driven several miles, and brought a group of little children to Sunday school. She was one of those children.
I hadn’t seen her for years, but now she is the wife of a successful pastor.
A few weeks ago I was in Dallas, Texas. After the service, a fine young student at Dallas Seminary approached me. When he was five years old I had been to his home soul winning, and often I had driven a couple of miles to take him to Sunday school. He reminded me that he is now a preacher and a student at Dallas Seminary.
One day as a kid country preacher I was out soul winning, came upon a farmhouse and won several to Christ. A little cotton-haired girl spoke to me as I left and said, “Brother Hyles, you are not going to forget me, are you?” Little did I know that she wanted to be saved, too. She was saved, and years later to my delight I found she was a student at Tennessee Temple College. She then was employed as a faculty member and shortly after was killed in a car accident.
Not long ago I met a young lady who is a graduate of Bob Jones University and now is teaching school. My mind wandered back to the day when I went into her modest home to help her poor family. The family was saved, and though very poor, the young lady had a desire to go off to college.
Now she is teaching in a Christian school.
Yes, there are many other stories like the one above, and in ten or fifteen years I hope to be able to write similar experiences about those I won last week or those I will win today.
A story from Bro. Hyles’ book Jack Hyles’ Favorite Soul Winning Experiences.