I quickly learned: once the glory of His presence has touched your life, you increasingly feel compelled to share all that you have received with others.
Spiritual hunger simply draws you away from the things of this dim world and toward the light of His glory, which overshadows anything else. The resounding cry of your heart will echo the desire to share the priceless message of salvation and hope.
I grew up in Jaffa, Israel. Just about 67 kilometers (41 miles) from my hometown was the place where David cried out the words, “No one cares for my soul.” At the time, he was hiding from King Saul, seemingly trapped with nowhere to go and a death sentence hanging over his head.
Since I first read these sad words from the psalmist, I’ve thought so many times of hurting people who are faced with impossible situations, especially those who don’t know God as Savior and Lord.
In 1968, when my father moved our family 5,757 miles from the war-torn Middle East to Toronto, Canada, I had absolutely no idea about the changes that would happen to me.
My life changed drastically on February 14, 1972, at Georges Vanier Secondary School, not far from our home, when I responded to friends who cared enough to share the Gospel with me. That morning, I knelt to pray, saying, “Jesus, come into my heart.”
Of the many changes in my life, one became a sudden concern for souls that were as lost and lonely as I had been prior to my salvation. Almost immediately I felt a deep desire to share my newfound faith with my family and friends. And that urgency spread.
I would often stand at home looking out a window onto our street below, and I would pray for the people walking and driving past, though I could hardly understand why it was so important to care for their souls. No human had taught me this. It simply welled up from deep inside.
The more I discovered and experienced God’s presence in my life, the more this burden grew…and two years after accepting Christ, on December 7, 1974, I stood on the platform of a small church in Oshawa, Ontario, and God loosened my stammering tongue, starting me on a worldwide mission to preach the Gospel to millions, even billions.