For several years, James Maidment-Fullard worked as a radio host for the station TWR in south Manchester. Yesterday he interviewed Dr. John about Diospi Suyana. The conversation, which consisted of two 15-minute segments, was broadcast across the UK. The United Kingdom has a secular character similar to Germany. Regular church attendance on the island is as low as 5%, which means only 1 in 20 are defined as practicing Christians.
At the end of the studio time the missionary doctor asks the British host, “Why are you a Christian?” The answer could be described as genuine madness. Here’s the story.
James grew up in an Anglican family. The faith of his childhood was very restricting. This surely can’t be the exciting life he was meant to live. He is 19 years old and tomorrow he begins his studies at the University of Wales, Swansea. Shortly before midnight he comes to a decision. “I am going to end this faith in God. I want to be free at last! God may not exist at all!” James has no idea, but then he says, “God, I will give you 24 hours to show yourself to me. If nothing happens, I’m through with you!”
The next day dawns and thus the first 8 hours of the ultimatum have expired. His parents take him in the car to a student dormitory in the city of Swansea. James will share an apartment with 7 other students. The other young people come from all parts of the UK and they have been randomly thrown together into this residential community.
As the students introduce each other it is not long before the first one says, “By the way, I’m a practicing Christian!” James knows that the chance of a practicing Christian being among one of his roommates is very slim. Now the second says, “I am too.” And then something incredible happens. All seven of these students, who have come from diverse parts of England and Wales, are all excited about their faith in God. Christ is their life.
Although James is not a mathematician, he understands that the chance of this happening is something like 1/20 x 1/20 x 1/20 x 1/20 x 1/20 x 1/20 x 1/20. It would be much easier to win the lottery. God appeared in His mercy to the ultimatum of this student. Explanation: The result after the Bernoulli distribution is 0.0000000781% chance that this would happen randomly.
On the following Sunday morning, James sat in a church service and put his trust without “ifs and buts” to the man on the cross. Eleven years have passed since that day. Through the radio, James Maidment-Fullard reaches tens of thousands of listeners every day in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. His message: God is real.
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