Sam James has seen it all. Well, almost all, or at least a big part of it. A missionary with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board for more than 50 years, Sam, his wife, Rachel, and their children served in Vietnam from the early 1960s until the fall of Saigon in 1975.
You might think the ravages of war and mankind’s inhumanity to man would have soured the now-octogenarian on the state of the world. It hasn’t. Instead, it’s driven him to his knees in prayer, and it’s spurred him to action as he continues to train South Vietnamese pastors and encourage international Christian workers serving in some of the most difficult places on the planet.
No, the atrocities of war didn’t dampen Sam’s love for the Vietnamese. It fueled it. Why? Because his is a love born of the Holy Spirit and seared into his heart at a young age. Every story Sam tells — and he is a great storyteller — reflects the love of the Father and provides an example for us to follow.