THE TRAIN CAME
the early 70’s when we were pioneer missionaries in Katra, in the
it was a hard and difficult life, often filled with hunger and poverty.
One day I was returning to Katra with an orphan boy. Our train arrived in
railway station at about 3:00 PM and I was to catch the train (Jhelum
at 9:00 PM, and then go by bus from
to Katra, our mission station.
the train arrived in
, I took things easy since there were 6 hours left to catch the connecting
train for the second phase of the journey. At 5:00 PM, I asked a porter,
“Can you tell me from which platform the Jhelum Express, the train to
, would leave?” He looked at me and said, “The train already left at
4:00 PM.” I was shocked as the porter explained that the train timings
had changed recently, and so departure time of the train, Jhelum Express
had been advanced from 9:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Shell shocked, I began to shake. “Where will I stay for the
night?” I thought to myself. I did not have the money to stay even in
the cheapest hotel. It was severe winter. The open railway station was the
only place to rest, but the freezing weather would surely kill the orphan
boy. Bare footed, wearing shorts and a thin shirt, the boy was already
shivering. I knew that if he stayed with me on the railway platform he
would die of the cold.
a new Christian and a missionary, I started to do the only thing I knew
– pray. “Oh God of Abraham, help me! Lord as there is no other train
, will you please do something so that my train which has already left
will come back!”
realized that this was an impossible prayer, because trains that have left
a station – especially a very busy station like
, the capital city of
– do not come back. I knew that the train had left over an hour before,
and even if it developed a problem it would be taken to the closest
railway station or another engine would be sent to it. So there was no
chance- absolutely none – of it coming back! But I did not have any
choice. So with a childlike faith, I continued to pray, believing that
God is a God of impossibilities.
I prayed, my faith was increasing and I started to speak to the train.
“Train, I command you to come back! As the servant of Almighty God, I
say, come back!” I started to pace up and down the platform and
continued to pray. I prayed in my understanding and in tongues for at
least 30 minutes. People looked at me walking up and down on the railway
platform murmuring something. The shivering Hindu orphan boy watched
perplexed as I commanded the train to come back! I continued walking up
and down the platform and asking God to bring the train back. At about
5:45, I saw the silhouette of a train backing up slowly towards platform
one where I was standing. I strained to see through the growing
darkness. Yes, it was a train backing up to the station.
body straightened as the train got closer to me. I looked at the signboard
as the train stopped in front of me. It said, “Jhelum Express:
.” I jumped inside the train and shouted HALLELUJAH! Hearing the loud
shout, the train ticket examiner came to me. I told him the story, and how
I prayed for my train to come back. The Hindu ticket examiner looked at me
in amazement and exclaimed, “You are a man of God! Sir, about an hour
after our train left
railway station, some technical problem developed in the engine. We could
not carry on with the rest of the journey. So we called the Central
Railway control room in
and asked them to send another engine. But we were asked to come back.”
He continued, “It is very impractical and unrealistic to call back a
train to the busy
, after it has left the station for some time. And it is a real miracle
from God that it came back to platform number one – which is always busy
for prestigious trains. In my whole life, I have never heard of such a
thing happening! But, now we know why this train was asked to come back. I
believe in your prayers. In fact, since I did not see you when the train
left, I had given your sleeper berth away to someone else. But now I want
to give you a new berth and one extra one for the boy too!”
orphan boy and I rested well and reached
the next day. Amen!
May 2001, I was in Bintulu, a small town in
, speaking in one day’s seminar. By the evening, the auditorium was
completely filled. It was a blessing to me to see the faith of these
believers rise as I spoke. I shared this story with the people and
challenged them for a breakthrough faith. I said, ‘call back your train
and expect it to come.’
next day, I was at the Bintulu airport, waiting to catch a return flight
to Kuching. At the airport, there was a lady waiting for me. She took me
and my friend, Pastor William Than, for a cup of coffee and told us this
story. She said that her name was
. Rosa and one of her friends, Tida, had heard my message the previous
night. The story about the train that came back, stirred up their faith.
told us that Tida’s husband had left her 18 years ago. They had a kid
from their marriage but her husband had left her for another woman. Tida
loved her husband very much, and had waited all these years for him to
return. It was at this stage that she heard my message and the story of
the train that came back.
and Rosa decided to call back their train, Tida’s husband. If a train
could be brought back by God, then why not a wayward husband! The two
ladies prayed in Tida’s apartment until 2’O clock. Not long after the
prayer had ended, Tida’s telephone rang. It was her husband! After 18
years, he had called to say that he was leaving the other woman and coming
I want to challenge you: “Don’t give up”! If your train, your
blessing has left without your promises being fulfilled, then do not be
disheartened. Do not give up. Call back your blessings, your healing, your
job, your dues, your health, your peace! Call forth your miracle. Call
back your train. It cannot leave without you. You must be in!! In Jesus
you have any special prayer request, please do e-mail or write to us.
continue to pray for me and the ministry. There are several more people
like Tida that need to hear about the love and power of our good God!
Continue to stand with us in your prayers and support.
Evangelical Team is growing strong and fast under the leadership of Joy
Thomas. We need your encouragement and support.
to count on to see
is evangelized in our lifetime. No one can do it alone. But together –
we can do it. Let us do it - now,
TGIF Daily Devotional
When does God call people to long-term missionary service?
* 21% were called as a result of a missions education service in their local church
* 20% felt God calling them after listening to missionary speakers
* 19% were called because of their own family's missions vision and conversations
* 10% heard God's call through reading missionary books
-- Terry Read, missionary and missions professor