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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Great Women of Faith

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis will tell about some of the great women who, throughout history, have played an important role in spreading the Gospel. You’ll hear stories of faith, leadership, and courage.

Freeing Slaves Tuesday, June 25, 2019

It was night when Harriet Tubman crossed over the border from the South into the North and became a free woman. Born a slave, she escaped from that life, running through the woods at night and hiding during the day. When she finally made it, she said she felt like she was in heaven.

But many others were still in slavery, and so Harriet could not rest in her own freedom. Over the next eight years, she made at least thirteen trips back and forth to save others. She was assisted by the Underground Railway, a system of people and places that hid escaping slaves. Most of these people were Christians, and Harriet herself was a devout follower of Christ. She trusted God to keep her and her fellow travelers safe. Harriet took great strength from the Old Testament tales of deliverance. In all of her journeys, she was never caught, and neither were any of the people she was bringing to freedom. Because of this, many called her “Moses,” as she delivered her people from slavery with God’s help.

When God told Moses to rescue the Israelites from Egypt, God promised him, “I will be with you.” Harriet believed that God was with her, and He was. By her brave actions, Harriet told slave-owners to let her people go. Just like Jesus did for us, Harriet reached her world and brought people to freedom, one dark night at a time.            

This is Luis Palau. 

Seeing Heaven Monday, June 24, 2019

“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!” This hymn may be familiar to you. It is a beautiful song that talks about praising Jesus for the gift of heaven “all the day long.” The second verse of the hymn imagines what heaven will look like. It says, “visions of rapture now burst on my sight.” Those of us who can see beautiful things like mountains and the ocean only have the smallest understanding of the beauty of heaven. But the writer of this hymn, Fanny Crosby, was born in 1820 and became blind as a baby. She grew up not being able to see the world around her. So when she wrote this line, she was not only imagining what heaven would look like, she was imagining what it would be like to SEE.

Even without sight, Fanny wrote almost 9,000 hymns, some of which churches still sing today. She lobbied in New York City for education for those with disabilities. She felt called to serve the poor in urban areas, which she did for many years of her life. She served God faithfully without her sight.
She really took to heart the Bible verse that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She did not let her disability slow her down. Despite her lack of sight, she spent her days praising Jesus by composing hymns and serving the poor. Fanny reached her world for Jesus, and now she can see in eternity!

This is Luis Palau. 

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Reaching Your World: Next Week

My Life in Seven Words, Part 1

Since Luis Palau’s cancer diagnosis, he has written a book.  This week on “Reaching your World,” Luis will share some thoughts from that book as he focuses on a couple of words:  delight and surrender.