This story comes from Voice of the Martyrs. A Christian man (whose name has been withheld for his safety) recently felt led by God to secretly distribute Bibles in various remote areas of Vietnam. In Vietnam, there are random checkpoints manned by police on the roads and they search travelers’ belongings for any contraband, which includes Bibles. Getting caught with a Bible can land you in prison where they often torture you (see p. 127 of the 2015 report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom). This occurs despite their constitution claiming they allow religious freedom.

He prayed for God’s protection and stepped out on faith by purchasing a bus ticket to take him to Ho Chi Minh City, 12 hours away from his location, carrying a box full of Bibles. Right before the bus pulled out of the station, a police captain boarded the bus, which caused the man some concern, but he remained calm. The police captain then decided to take a seat right beside the man, next to the aisle. He took off his police hat and placed it right on top of the box of Bibles. The Christian man waited to see if anything would happen next. Much to his surprise, the police captain just laid back in the seat and went to sleep.

As the bus came to each checkpoint along the way, the police boarded the bus at each checkpoint to search everyone’s belongings and check their IDs. However, each time they came to the seat where the police captain was sleeping, they saw his uniform and passed by their row. The captain remained asleep the whole bus ride. The Christian man made it to his destination without anyone ever checking the box of Bibles and was able to distribute them, just as the Holy Spirit led him to do.

Source: Carey Lodge, Vietnam’s ‘God’s smuggler’ tells of amazing miracle journey getting Bibles to unreached people,, August 6, 2015.

 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

Harry A. Gaylord