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QUOTE (Jacob DeShazer) – Dec 28

December 28, 2013

English: Jake De Shazer, official USAF photo

“I had seen people who could show a beautiful attitude in very trying circumstances, but I did not know that we can all have this kind of love that is long suffering, kind, and patient. However, if we are given the commandment to love one another, it is surely possible for us actually to do so. Since God has given the commandment to love, our part of the transaction is to put forth an effort and try to have love for others. This would be a wonderful world if we would all try to love one another. If we would honestly try and if we would recognize Jesus as God’s Son and our Savior, God will be pleased with us. I made up my mind to try.”

In honor of Jacob DeShazer, a member of the Doolittle Raiders, who was captured in China and spent 40 months in as a prisoner of war.  He was set free in Christ while still a prisoner of the Japanese and returned to Japan as a missionary on this day in 1948.  Watch his testimony in this video (Jacob Deshazer – San Francisco Area Video Production).

Resources:
Today in History – December 28
Japan Missionary Words

5 comments

  1. […] “I had seen people who could show a beautiful attitude in very trying circumstances, but I did not know that we can all have this kind of love that is long suffering, kind, and patient. However, if we are given the commandment to love one another, it is surely possible for us actually to do so. Since God has given the commandment to love, our part of the transaction is to put forth an effort and try to have love for others. This would be a wonderful world if we would all try to love one another. If we would honestly try and if we would recognize Jesus as God’s Son and our Savior, God will be pleased with us. I made up my mind to try.” […]


  2. The eight captured Raiders were NOT held as prisoners of war (POW) but charged with WAR CRIMES and held ad war criminals and condemned to death. Three were executed by firing squad and one died of malnutrition and abuse. Jake was one of the remaining four who survived under brutal torture and abuse until rescued by the OSS


    • Larry – thanks for the correction. That is an important distinction. Have you read the book Flyboys by James Bradley? I thought it was a great read on what the flyers in the Pacific went through.
      JD


  3. Awesome. Louise Zamperini’s story in Unbroken is being made into a movie, set for December 25, 2014 release as well. Thanks for posting this story and sentiment.


  4. Reblogged this on CrashCourse.



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