HENRY SAKUMA
Henry Sakuma had accepted Christ two years earlier when he happened to enter a church. Since then he had not missed a single church meeting. One day, however, the Holy Spirit convicted him of his sins. Finally, realizing his own needs, he came before God and started crying bitterly. On his way home, recalling what he had done in his life, he repented and decided to live as a Christian. However, the more he repented of his sins, the more he suffered.

On the 18th of October, 1920, at the evening prayer meeting, the Holy Spirit again came upon him and spoke to him from the Bible, “For it is with your heart that you confess and are saved” (Rom. 10:10). At that time, a Christian friend prayed for him earnestly, and he confessed whatever came into his mind. He believed that the Lord had died for his sins on the cross. Then he was given assurance of the forgiveness of his sins through the words, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven” (Mt. 9:2). He had never before experienced such peace in his life, and was able to praise the Lord from the bottom of his heart.

Yet one thing still bothered him: an inner anger. The more he tried to love his friends, both at school and around home, the more he suffered over what he had done in anger. “Oh, what a wretched man I am!” were no longer Paul's words from the Bible, but his own as well. For seven days he endured great suffering. Then he recalled what Ugo Nakada had said: “We, Christians, still need to be cleansed from our sinfulness by the blood of Christ and by the Holy Spirit.” He suddenly realized his need for the power of the Holy Spirit who could cleanse his sinfulness. He went to his friend's house where he prayed fervently, subsequently believing that the blood of Jesus had cleansed him. Thus his new life began. Afterward he was compelled to witness about Jesus Christ as his Savior, even to his friends who opposed Christianity. (Sakuma 1922:4).

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