Parents, this week we’re taking another look at history to find an amazing example of God’s power to save.
Over a hundred years ago, there was a boy named Kaboo in the African country of Liberia, whose father was the chief of his tribe. His tribe was named the Kru, and one day another tribe called the Grebos went to war with them. Young prince Kaboo was captured by the Grebos. They threatened to take away Kaboo’s life if his father didn’t bring an expensive gift each month.
His father couldn’t afford to keep up the gifts, so the Grebos were about to kill the young prince. One night, after Kaboo had been beaten up badly by his enemies, he was lying on the ground tied up with rope. Suddenly, he saw a flash of light and a voice said, “Get up, run!” He stood up and realized the ropes holding him had fallen off. Strength returned to his sick body, and he was able to run into the wilderness.
He survived by eating snails and mangoes, and after several days of wandering, he came upon a coffee plantation, owned by a former slave who had left the United States. The plantation owner was a Christian and told Kaboo about Jesus. Kaboo accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and his life was forever changed.
Kaboo changed his name to Samuel Morris, and began eagerly learning everything he could about God. There was another missionary working on the plantation from America that taught him many things she knew about the Lord. One day, he asked her where she had learned so much about God, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. She told him about her teacher in New York City, in the United States. Samuel decided he had to go to the U.S.
He had no way of paying for a boat ticket all the way across the Atlantic ocean, but he felt God tell him to go to the coast, and a boat there would take him to America. He went and found a ship, but the captain said there was no room for him. Then, two sailors deserted the captain, so he agreed to take along Samuel, so long as the young man worked on the ship for free.
The sailors were mean and cruel to Samuel at the start of the voyage, but by the time they reached New York, all of them had accepted Christ and were singing hymns together. It is a testament to the power of the Holy Spirit and Samuel’s gift of evangelism.
In America, Samuel found the missionary’s teacher and continued to learn. Samuel’s skin color and feelings of racism made things difficult for him at times, but it didn’t take long for the believers in New York to recognize the Holy Spirit’s power moving on Samuel. His first night in the U.S., he led 20 men to Christ at a prayer meeting he started.
He ended up attending Taylor University, and made a huge impact on the people. A newspaper printed an article about this young man from Africa who was charging the city with the electric power of God. Strangers and other students at the college would stop by his dorm room just to pray with him. He wanted to finish his education in the Word of God and return to Liberia to preach the Gospel, but the Lord had different plans.
Samuel got sick with a lung infection and died at the young age of 20. Before passing away, he said God told him his work on earth was done, and it was time to come home. Others would be sent to preach the Gospel in his place. After his funeral, several of his fellow students felt called to go to Africa as missionaries, fulfilling what the Lord had told Samuel.
All of this started when Samuel was just a young boy, held captive by his tribe’s enemies and miraculously set free by the power of God. Each of us is held captive by the power of sin until we ask Jesus to set us free, and He is ready to set us free because of the price He paid on the cross. His death and resurrection made a way for you and me to become like Him, to be His people. We can all live a life like Samuel Morris, we just have to be willing to answer the call.
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8:35,37
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CHAT WITH ME
1. Discuss some ways in which God shows His love to us when we are hurting or going through hard times.
2. What does it mean to have power from the Holy Spirit? Can any believer in Christ have this power?