‘The Cross’ Helps Boy Meet Heavenly Father

By   •   November 9, 2013

Jaden, 12, of Marion, Ohio, knew he was lost—orphaned, in a sense—and he needed somewhere to turn.

So, he picked up the phone.

He had just watched the My Hope program “The Cross,” and dialed the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association call center, where volunteers donate their time to answer the calls from people searching for spiritual answers.

“His voice was quivering. I could sense the sadness in his tone. It touched me so much,” said Judy Turner, the volunteer that took his call. “He just simply told me he was lost.”

When Judy asked Jaden where he thought he would go when he died, Jaden said, “I am probably going to hell because I don’t have Jesus.”

At that moment, Judy knew God had ordained her to be at the call center for Jaden.

She spent a long time with him—much longer than usual—because she sensed in her spirit that he needed as much time as it took.

After Judy talked through the Gospel with Jaden, it became clear that he thoroughly understood what Jesus did for Him. He prayed, trusting Christ as his Savior.

“When he prayed, he acknowledged that he is not good enough, but that Jesus is,” recalled Judy. “He said, ‘Jesus, I trust that Your blood paid for my sins in full.’ He was so happy.”

After he prayed, the conversation took an unexpected turn.

Jaden asked, “Would you pray for my dad? He is in prison.”

According to Jaden, his father is currently serving a 21-year jail sentence. Jaden is just 12 years old, but his dad has been in prison for most of those years.

“This broke my heart,” said Judy. The Holy Spirit prompted Judy to share Psalm 27:10, which promises that God cares for us, even in the absence of our parents.

“I told him that the Lord will be real to him, and that He will be a father to him—even when his earthly father is in prison,” she said. “I am overwhelmed that God would touch a heart like that and give a child saving faith. Through ‘The Cross,’ God gave him the courage to call and talk to a stranger about his soul.”

As the conversation continued, Jaden offered a quick testimony of God’s faithfulness in his hardships: “This is how I know Jesus is real—we were homeless for a while. I prayed, and He helped us find a place to live.”

Judy then assured him that he always has a place to call ‘home’ in God’s Kingdom.

“Well, now you have two houses,” Judy said. “You have your house in Ohio, and your mansion in heaven. Jesus is preparing a place for you there. You’ll never be homeless again!”

Before Judy ended the call, she offered Jaden one last word of encouragement.

“Remember this day, Jaden. Mark it down on your calendar, and celebrate it every year. This is the day God has welcomed you into His family.”

Then, she reminded him that not only does he have an active, loving Father, but that he has brothers and sisters around the world.

“Jaden, when we get to heaven, let’s look for each other,” she said. “We will worship Jesus forever—together.”

Jaden replied, “I definitely will. I can’t wait!”

Find TV listings of “The Cross,” at www.watchbillygraham.com

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  1. Z says:

    This moved me. This is exactly the reason why I like to be the follower of Jesus and not some Shiva or Laksmi or whatever, Christianity as a religion brings out the best in human interaction, the bond, the community as we help each other and I do not find any other religion that is holding out one another as much as Christianity. Praise be Jesus.

  2. dee says:

    Thankful for such a compassionate Man of God and how the Lord uses him to reach out and change lives forever

  3. Angelia says:

    God bless you all-to God be the glory!

  4. Bren says:

    Thank God for Jaden. Today my 11 year-old grandson was baptized and with a sincere heart the only thing he emotionally could get out was “I love the Lord”. We are to be humble as a child and come to Him. Praise God!

  5. Phyllis says:

    Thank You, Lord, for this wonderful response to the BGEA broadcast. This is an answer to my prayers to bring people to salvation through Jesus Christ. Thank you, Mr. Graham, for your birthday message to so many now and all during your life.

  6. carol says:

    Amazing how God still uses a man of this age. Oh how the whole world needs to hear his message. Thank you God for Rev Billy Graham.

  7. Renea says:

    I am glad that little Jaden has accepted Christ for his life. I hope that he has a fulfilling life and deserves it as everyone does. I pray for a righteous husband.

  8. Kathy says:

    What a powerful story. God is good all the time, All the time God is good. 🙂 Will keep Jaden and his family in my prayers.

  9. Christine says:

    Jesus invites us to come to him just as we are. Praise God that this young man was obedient to the call. His life will be changed forever.