A Message From Pastor Zahn
Mitsuo Fuchida, commander of the Japanese Air Force, led the squadron that attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
American bomber Jacob DeShazer was eager to strike back, and the following April 18th, he flew his B-25 bomber, the Bat Out of Hell, on a dangerous raid over Japan. After dropping his bombs on Nagoya, DeShazer lost his way in a heavy fog. He ejected from the plane as his plane ran out of fuel. He was taken prisoner and tortured. For two years DeShazer suffered from hunger and cold and dysentery.
In May of 1944, he was given a Bible. He was told that he could keep it for three weeks. He clutched that Bible and always kept it close to him. He read it through several times. He tried to memorize passages. Matthew 5: 44 meant a lot to him, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” He tried to put it onto practice he best way he could. His own personal anger melted away. As he prayed and lost his anger he noticed the guards treated him much better. They often gave him extra food and supplies.
After the war DeShazer returned to Japan as a missionary. He wrote a book entitled “I was a Prisoner of the Japanese.” Thousands wanted to see the man who loved and forgave his enemies as his book had stated. He even established a church in Nagoya. One man was affected very much by the testimony that was found in the book. The man went to visit DeSazer. What was his name? Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Coincidence? Not at all! The power of forgiveness that comes from Christ and is shown in his people made all the difference.