If for some reason you’ve never heard of Brother Paul, or perhaps have heard his name, but really don’t know much about him, he is one who has been very mightily used of the Lord, particularly to reinforce the blessed truth of Christ, and Him crucified as the central truth of historical, Biblical Christianity. Brother Paul preached a message at a Southern Baptist Convention youth gathering in Montgomery, Alabama in 2002, which was posted by Grace Community Church on SermonAudio.com in May 2006; and in the four years that the sermon has been on the Internet, it has become the most downloaded sermon of SermonAudio.com’s ten year service on the worldwide web. The sermon had been given the title, “Shocking Youth Message Stuns Hearers, So Shocking the Preacher Was Never Invited Back.” (MP3 Popup Player). To date, the sermon has been downloaded over 136,000 times.
Having spent ten years on the mission field in Peru, Brother Paul has been called of the Lord to return to the U.S. where he is director of HeartCry Missionary Society. He still preaches itinerantly as he is much sought after around the world to minister God’s Word, but his heart is world missions, missions mobilization, and ministering to missionaries in the field.
The HeartCry offices have just moved to Virginia, and all this after Brother Paul has spent the entire month of May preaching forty plus times in Spain. Brother Paul, his family, and the entire HeartCry staff certainly need our prayers, support, and encouragement.
Paul Washer has a very special place in my heart, not only because we have mutual friends in missionaries, pastors, and preachers such as , Trevor Johnson, Paul Walker, and Frank Rollberg, but because we have had some similar experiences on the mission field. He can send me an email to encourage me, telling me not to forsake my personal devotions or my family time for the work of the ministry, knowing that he needs that reminder as well. We can both confess our failures and unfaithfulness, while at the same time rejoice in the goodness and blessed providence of God.
When Brother Paul speaks of having more metal in him “than a Tonka truck” most folks don’t realize that he rarely has a moment without pain. The grace of God certainly sustains him, and most that meet him, or even know him, quite often only see his jovial, good-natured demeanor rather than physical ailments he must constantly deal with. I can relate to that in a great many ways; and I know that Brother Paul would confess, as do I, that we wouldn’t have it any other way. Not because we need to suffer for Christ as if that offered God some significant merit on our part; no, it’s because we know that the providence of God has blessed us with these ailments to draw us nearer to Christ, as well as develop deeper trust. Further, we both know that every trial, sorrow, and tribulation will conform us to the image of God’s beloved Son.
Please pray for this beloved brother, who desires to be a precious son of God, a loving husband to his wife, and a nurturing father to his children.
You can download the message and listen at you leisure by clicking on the sermon title, “Shocking Youth Message” here.