It was many years ago when a great ship, the "Titanic," was making its first voyage from England to America. On board was John Harper, who was coming to America to be the head of the Moody Bible Church. The "Titanic" had been heralded as an unsinkable ship. But when it neared Newfoundland it struck an iceberg, and sank, with the loss of a great many of its passengers, among then John Harper.

Some time after this happened a young Scotsman rose in a meeting in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and gave this testimony. "I was on the "Titanic,'" said he, "When she sank. Drifting alone on a spar in the icy Water on that awful night, a wave brought John Harper of Glasgow near me. 'Man, are you saved?' he shouted. 'No, I am not,' was my reply. He answered, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved.' The waves bore him away; but, strange to say, a little later he was washed back alongside me. 'Are you saved now?' he asked. 'No,' I replied, 'I cannot honestly say that I am.' Once more he repeated the verse, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.' Then losing his hold he sank. And there, alone in the night, and with two miles of water under me, I believed. I am John Harper's last convert."

And though John Harper was shut off by waves with no rescue from entering his great opportunity of winning souls, and Paul was in bonds at the last of his life, yet because of the great passion for souls that motivated both of them they still won souls to the very last.


From: CHOICE ILLUSTRATIONS By Earl C. Wolf, Selected From The Compilations Of W. W. Clay, Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, Mo. First Printing, 1965