Ron was a drug addict Jew who found a group of friends who would do it with him. And as they were caught in their journey of getting lost, Jesus was also pursuing them and calling them found.
Jewish Drug Addict
Ron started using illegal drugs when he was in boarding school. By the time he graduated, he had become a regular drug user.
He and his buddy, Mike, then decided to quit school to explore and enjoy life. So, they acquired a log house in a small town in Southern Oregon. They also met four other hippies looking for a place to live. The six of them stayed together for months until something happened.
Police caught four of the boys while they were on their way back. Their van was full of drugs, so they were sent to jail.
Ron and Mike feared that they were next to get arrested. So, they went on a hitchhike to Mexico to escape.
The Story of Pursuit
The first driver that picked them up was a Christian man. He shared the Gospel and told them about Jesus. He took them to a ranch to spend the night and sent them to a coastal highway the next day.
The second car that welcomed them was a Christian family. They asked them questions about God and Jesus and shared the Gospel with them again before dropping them off.
And while they were standing at the side of the road, a pickup truck pulled off, and a guy in the passenger seat climbed down to tell them, “Do you know Jesus loves you?”
The two friends did not make it to Mexico and eventually went back to Oregon.
But, something happened within Ron. Their experience made him look for a Bible.
The Wonderful Surprise
So, he bought a Bible and read it secretly, afraid that Mike would make fun of him. He then fell in love with Jesus and could not stop reading his new Book.
One day, he finally prayed, “God, if You’re there if You’re real, I want to know.” He felt peace within him as he opened his eyes, and he understood that God was real.
So, he told Mike, “You know, Mike, all this time, the truth was right in front of our noses!” Mike just replied, “I know.”
What Ron did not know was that Mike also had an encounter with Jesus. Their realtor was a Christian woman, and so, she gave Mike a copy of the Bible. While Ron was hiding to read the Word of God, Mike was also doing the same.
A letter from prison added their surprise. It turned out that their four friends in jail had also met Christians inside, and they became believers in Jesus.
Without talking to each other, each of them was being pursued by the One who loves them most. They would gather to do drugs in the past, but today, they are bound by their love for Jesus.
Reference: One for Israel Ministry