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An American missionary was traveling across Korea by train. At a busy station an old man boarded and sat across from Him. The man was Korean and he addressed the American in his native tongue.


The Missionary responded in the only Korean phrase that he knew which was "I DON’T UNDERSTAND".


A few minutes later the Korean tried again, but the missionary could only say " I DON’T UNDERSTAND"


The Korean then tried a third question, only this time the American recognized a familiar word YESU which means JESUS.


The American pointed to himself and said YESU

the Old man did the same thing with a smile of delight on His face.


The Korean then unwrapped the bundle he was carrying . It was a large Korean a Bible

He turned to a page and pointed to a place that he wanted the American to read.


Remembering that oriental Bible are written from back to front . The clergy men took his own Bible and counted the number of books and chapters from the back to the place that the old man had pointed to .


The old man had pointed to Mark 3:35 "Whoever does the will of God is my brother"


The American searched for a suitable reply. He counted out and pointed to it in the Korean Bible. It was Psalm 133:1 "Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity" The Korean man read it and smiled in agreement

and for the rest of the journey, these two men, ages apart in culture were brought together in a remarkable friendship as they pointed first to one verse and then to another. Their separate Bibles had a common language of the Spirit.



the word of God is a universal appeal and it can direct you as it has directed me

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