The Secret Of Growth Through Fellowship
In the early 60s, Brother Andrew, a man from Holland, smuggled a load of Bibles in his VW across the Romanian border and past communist guards. He checked into a hotel and began praying that God would lead him to the right Christian groupsthe ones who could best use his copies of the Scriptures.
That weekend Andrew walked up to the hotel clerk and asked where he might find a church.
The clerk looked at him a little strangely and answered, We dont have many of those you know. Besides you couldnt understand the language.
Didnt you know? Andrew replied, Christians speak a kind of universal language.
Oh, whats that?
Its called Agape.
The clerk had never heard of it, but Andrew assured him, Its the most beautiful language in the world.
Andrew was able to locate several church groups in the area and managed to arrange a meeting with the president and secretary of a certain denomination. Unfortunately, although both Andrew and these men knew several European languages, they found they had none in common. So there they sat staring at each other across the room. Andrew had travelled hundreds of dangerous miles with his precious cargo, but there seemed no way of telling whether these men were genuine Christian brothers or government informants.