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but few have been as exciting or life-changing as one received one day in 1981. A nineteen- year-old Rastafarian, Jerome Martin, had been hospitalized after surgery and feared he was dying. His false religion was suddenly gone and he began to bargain with God. Jerome promised God that if He would get him out of the hospital he would stop smoking “herb” and seek Him. God mercifully allowed Jerome to recover and to return to his bush shack where he lived, removed from society, with two other Rastamen, Vanier Christian and Augustine Erskine. There they lived off the land, eating mangoes and coconuts and tending their sheep and goats. Their shack was made of palm fronds and had no water or electricity. They had hammocks where they would sleep and sit, smoking marijuana, listening to reggae music on a transistor radio, reading the Bible and discussing their religion. Their fresh crop of marijuana was ready for harvest and Jerome had prayed asking JAH to make this crop grow. But he had also promised God he would not smoke it. He was trying to seek after this God to whom he had made promises. It occurred to these Rastas that listening to Christian radio stations might reveal more to them about God. They were able to hear several “Christian” stations but as they turned from one to the other they discovered that the music on most of them sounded very similar to the music that had been a part of their lifestyle as Rastafarians. They sensed that God's music should be different. The Lighthouse was different. As they listened to the music it was not what they were used to, and they weren't sure they even liked it, but they sensed the truth would be there. As they listened, they heard how they could have forgiveness of sin and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. Radio Lighthouse became the station to show them about God. Then came the letter, written by Augustine Erskine, telling us of their interest in the Lighthouse and especially in a program produced by a national pastor on our staff. This pastor, St. Clair Archibald, a Bluewater Bible College graduate, visited the village where the family of these young men lived. He left an invitation to Maranatha Baptist Church and a tract showing them from the Bible that all men are guilty of sin before God and that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God's son, paid for men's sins and that forgiveness and eternal life can be found by repentance from sin and faith in Christ. They did come to church and on their second visit the three young Rastafarians made the decision to believe God and acknowledge Christ as Lord of their lives. Later, a fourth friend would come to Christ also. Four young men had been turned from Jah to Jesus. “I love them that love me and those that seek me early shall find me” (Proverbs 18:13). BIMI WORLD – Number 3, 2009 11