Salvation of Ben Doss


Acts 16:29-33 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.

Ben Doss passed from this life a week ago. He was a precious part of a ministry outreach to the area nursing homes. Ben was at the Seabreeze facility near the hospital in La Marque. Vicky and I were walking the halls along with Bill Sullivan and doing our best to be led in the right direction by the Holy Spirit to be effective.

I have always believed that the beauty of a woman is a tool of God. God uses this beauty to reach the lost… it’s known as favor.  A pretty woman can gain access at times when a man hasn’t got a chance, though she should not go alone. Bill and I were almost past an open door when a man of sixty two years of age barely lifted an arm and waved his hand at Vicky, who was behind us. We followed Vicky into the room and found a person in need of everything.

Ben had a stroke 12 years before and was a severely damaged package on his left side. The only way he could talk was “very loud” and it took everything that the three of us had to extract what was being said. The stroke had left his speech very distorted.

I witnessed the salvation message to Ben and asked if he would like to make Jesus his Savior. He screamed, “Yes” which is one of the few words we understood. As Ben prayed, he was a witness to everyone down the hall because he literally screamed the prayer as I spoke to him. Only God could understand him… but we could tell that he was following with us.

What happened next turned out to be one of the quickest revelations of salvation that I have ever witnessed. I explained to Ben that because he was willing to pray, God had totally and completely forgiven him of every wrong thing he had ever done in his whole life.

Ben screamed, “I know, and I’ve been so bad.” All four of us busted out in laughter at the same time. We understood every word he said too.

Two or three months had passed and the Holy Spirit gave me an unction to go back and see Ben. So I called Bill. Vicky and I met Bill at Seabreeze to see what was going on. When we found Ben he was so excited to see us. I ask him what he needed.

Again… it took all three of us to figure out what he was saying. He wanted to know how to get the rest of his family saved. So I turned to the book of Acts Chapter 16:29-31 and read to Ben.

I first explained to Ben that Paul and Silas had been in jail and that they were locked up in stocks in those old prisons. I explained to him that they worshiped God that night and God allowed an earthquake to take place and the doors of the prison were opened and the chains fell off all the prisoners.

When the jailer showed up to find out what was going on… he thought everyone had run away. Back then… if you lose a prisoner you would die in his place. So the jailer fell on the floor and pulled out a short sword and was going to kill himself. Paul screamed at the jailer, “Don’t do that… everybody’s here.”

Once the jailer saw that Paul was acting in love and saved his life, he looked up and asked him, “What must I do to be saved?”

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved… you and your whole household.”

When Ben heard that last sentence, he jerked his head around and looked straight into my eyes.

I said, “You got that, didn’t you?” He nodded.

“Ben, it’s not your job to go out in the physical condition you are in and go witness to your family. It is your job to believe that God will save them just because you ask him too. So we will pray for them right now. Is that okay?”

He shook his head yes and we began to pray. “Father God… I believe your word says that you will save me and my family. Your word says that I’m supposed to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and I will be saved… and my whole household will be saved too. So I believe Your word and I expect You to save my children and my family in Jesus name.”

Ben looked up at us with a huge smile… as best as he could smile with that stroke. He was so happy and you could see the release of tension on his face. He believed what God said in His word and that is how you get your family saved.

You ask God to save them. You bind the powers of darkness off of their life, and you ask God to send laborers across their path to witness to them. It doesn’t have to be you. They probably won’t listen to you if they haven’t listened to you yet. It is our job to believe that God will do His job.

My life is based on a true story…

Love from David and Vicky Baldwin and Mr. Bill Sullivan



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