An Amazing Fact: Malala Yousufzai, a 15-year-old Pakistani girl with a lot of heart, gained international recognition for boldly speaking out in support of girls’ education in a country where it is still forbidden. On October 9, 2012, a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus and shot Malala in the head and neck at point-blank range. Gravely wounded, hope for Malala was very bleak. In critical condition, she was flown to England for medical treatment while children around the world prayed for a miracle, that her mind would be healed. Three months later, she is walking, talking, reading, smiling, and showing no signs of brain damage! God still works miracles to heal hearts and minds.
Living in an age of such widespread cynicism, we sometimes forget that God still answers prayer and performs old-fashioned miracles. And the greatest miracle of all is a transformed heart and a renewed mind
Yes, even as impossible as it might seem, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the most sinful and hopeless case can experience a change of heart and turn to God. Why? Because God wants people everywhere to know Him!
… people like Nita
Born in 1953 during a tuberculosis epidemic in Sitka, Alaska, Nita always wanted to fit in with the people around her. But being part Tlingit Indian, she always felt like she was on the outside. Her single mother’s depression led to alcoholism and, growing up, Nita experienced severe neglect, prejudice, and child abuse, missing so much school that she didn’t even learn to read until she was in her twenties.
For many years Nita experienced a very rough life of drugs, immorality, and abusive relationships, but she was also earnestly looking for meaning. She eventually began visiting different churches but says, “I felt I was such a sinner that God didn’t want me and wouldn’t answer my prayers.” While living in the mountains of Northern California and tending a marijuana farm with her boyfriend, she finally reached the end of her rope.
And then something remarkable happened…
On March 3, 2010, Nita woke up deeply depressed. “I was tired of abusive relationships. I couldn’t stand another day in the drug world. I argued with God all day long with tears pouring out.” Nita felt God spoke to her and told her to pack up everything and leave. Later that same day, while standing in a post office, she happened to look down on the floor and noticed an Amazing Facts prophecy brochure. It announced a seminar being held locally by a man with a big happy smile on his face—Tyler Long. Nita knew she wanted that happiness.
As Nita studied the pamphlet, she was excited to learn that the meetings would begin in only 45 minutes! Even with her truck loaded, she wasted no time and headed straight for the church. Sporting a bright orange safari hat, she marched to the front row, and there she sat enrapt by the Word of God every night. She says, “Pastor Long’s presentations were like medicine to my soul.” Nita felt her heart and mind were being healed and transformed by God’s Word. She finally found the meaning and peace she was longing for.
From Farming Pot to Sowing Gospel Seeds
Six weeks later Nita was baptized. Since then she has lived by faith and worked earnestly to lead other people to Christ. Nita told her sister to “watch the caveman’s testimony!” and took her sister’s grandchildren to Sabbath school. They loved the experience and begged to go back. The Holy Spirit worked on her sister’s heart and, after taking Bible studies, she was also baptized.
More recently, God opened another door for Nita to attend our four-month AFCOE program. While going through her Bible classes, word got out that a seamstress was urgently needed at Amazing Facts to work on costumes for the new Revelation: Prophecies Hidden History production. That was her specialty! Nita scribbled a note to me, and the team was able to use her wonderful talents to keep this vital work moving forward. Since then she has graduated from AFCOE and now looks forward to being a full-time Bible worker.
Though Nita had been through the “pits,” she says, “In God’s family, I now fit in.” She gives all the glory to Christ for healing her mind and heart. Nita now lives by the motto, “Bring the lost to the cross.” That’s what happened when she attended Tyler’s meetings, and that’s how she wants to spend the rest of her life!
One of Thousands
This amazing transformation of a broken heart, a troubled mind, and a life headed for ruin was made possible because of God’s blessing and your support of Amazing Facts.
This short testimony is only a small sample of the thousands of people around the world who are being reached through the Amazing Facts ministry every month. Each rescued soul is a miracle in which you play a vital role!
So as we embark on a new year of proclaiming the mighty three angels’ messages, I hope and ask that you will continue your generous support as a partner with God, to see the “impossible” happen every single day as minds and hearts are transformed by the gospel. That’s why I am so excited about a new initiative we will be launching in 2013 …
So many people out there like Nita are sinking in sin. They want to come to Jesus but don’t know how to take the first steps. Or they think it is too complicated or they will never be good enough. That’s why in 2013, Amazing Facts will record a new sharing series called SOS: Seeing Our Savior. “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32 NKJV).
I’m sure you recognize the phrase “SOS.” For many years, when sailors or ships were in distress, they would send a Morse code signal called SOS. This stood for “save our ship” or “save our souls.”
For over 25 years now, I have been presenting a 10-part series, based on the classic book Steps to Christ, on how to accept salvation. I usually reserve this series for our AFCOE students, but lately I have felt the Lord telling me that we need to record this series before a live class so everyone can hear it. Not only will these presentations help people know how to accept Jesus, it will teach them how to lead others to Christ.
Of course, every new project has corresponding expenses. We will need to build a set and backdrop in our studio for the AFCOE class and do all the other regular editing and production associated with a professional production. This means we will need your help!
All About Souls
Everything that Amazing Facts does—whether it’s the evangelism ministry that reached Nita’s heart or the dozens of websites we operate to touch millions around the globe—all of it is geared toward healing hearts and minds for Jesus.
It’s all about souls … reaching more souls … reaching souls across the globe. The Bible says, “He who winneth souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30).
When you give to Amazing Facts, you become part of a ministry that God is using to do great things! My prayer today is that you would please consider sending a special new year gift so, with God’s help, we can prepare for the coming year to be our greatest and most productive year of evangelism ever.
And while God ultimately provides the resources for this work, He does so by touching the hearts of His children—our dear friends like you—to stand with us and give so generously.
It is simply impossible for me to adequately express my gratitude for your help. And though you might never get to meet on earth Nita or the thousands more just like her who are being reached because of your support, I can assure you that there is deep and true gratitude in their hearts for your generosity. They will be thanking you at the feast table in heaven!
Please be as generous as you can be when you send your gift today—there is so much that still needs to be done! Together let’s help people receive new minds and hearts and See Our Savior.
Pastor Doug Batchelor