A “JESUS” film team was returning home from showing the film to a village of unreached people. They were tired, but happy for what God had done. It was late at night, as they drove along the isolated road in a rough area…a time when thieves were active. Suddenly on the darkened road, a red light flashed behind them. It was the police.
“Where did you get this equipment? Did you steal it? Show us your receipts, your paperwork. Prove that you are the owners,” the police demanded.
Because the portable projection equipment and generators had been given by partners in America and shipped in a large batch, the team didn’t have individual receipts. Unable to prove they were not thieves, the police took it all, for the moment ending their ministry.
Over the next three weeks, the team leader repeatedly went to the police station. He showed them his ID, correspondence and other documents demonstrating they were the owners, all to no avail. “We don’t believe you. Now reveal what you are really doing. Show us how to use this equipment…present the film—if it is yours.”
The team leader agreed, saying, “My team will come tonight and set up the equipment, demonstrating that we are familiar with the projector, generator and the screen. We will show you the film.” The police gave instructions for the showing to be held in the barracks.
What a shock when the team arrived. They found 3,000 people waiting to see “JESUS.” After the film, the people were so touched that the commander said, “Show it again!” The next night there were about 6,000 people—police and family members attended. And in all, the team estimated that half of those in attendance responded and indicated decisions for Christ! Oh yes, the police returned all the equipment…with their blessings. The team is no longer stopped, and the gospel continues to go out in this area unhindered...
God truly does work all things together for good for those who love and serve Him.