Friday, December 08, 2006

Remembering Pearl Harbor

A tract used in the 1950's and 60's by the League and signed by Captain Fuchida with a reference to Luke 23:34 to demonstrate how the Gospel of Jesus Christ can change lives anywhere.

While I'm not old enough to remember Pearl Harbor, I do have enough sense to realize what a devastating event it was and how it has changed generations of people.

One of the web sites that sends me updates is the Pocket Testament League. This is their post about Pearl Harbor:

Today commemorates an event that stunned the world and dramatically changed the lives of all Americans. For The Pocket Testament League, Pearl Harbor Day has special meaning because it reminds us of God’s grace and His amazing desire to transform even the most seemingly unreachable hearts. Let me explain why.

Captain Mitsuo Fuchida led the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. On that fateful morning, he flew the lead plane of the 360 aircraft diving on the idle U.S. Pacific Fleet and he was the last pilot to leave.

During World War II Captain Fuchida had many close brushes with death, including six crashes at sea. During the battle of Midway, a bomb hit his ship, breaking both his legs and hurling him into the sea. He was rescued and sent back to Japan. God had other plans for Captain Fuchida.

At the request of General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied forces, the Pocket Testament League shipped 10 million New Testament Bibles to Japan. Captain Fuchida attended a League meeting at the Shibuya railroad station. After League members went through Scripture with him, he committed his life to Jesus Christ on April 14, 1950. He went on to work for the League, passionate about saving lives for eternity.

Check out his full story at Pocket Testament League

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