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A 19-year-old boy who was stranded at sea for 7 weeks says he survived by reading his Bible and heeding the advice of his parents to pray.
The teen was set adrift in the Pacific Ocean while working as a lamp keeper on a floating fish trap some 80 miles off of the coast of Indonesia.
In mid-July heavy winds shook the fish trap, and snapped the moorings that held it stationary, casting him adrift. Over the next 49 days, the teen would drift thousands of miles from home headed toward Guam, with no paddle or engine.
Within the first few days, he ran out of supplies and had to survive by using the hut’s wood to cook fish and drinking seawater that was filtered through his clothes to get rid of the salt.
According to reports, the boy said he had been scared and often cried while adrift. Every time he saw a large ship he was hopeful, but more than 10 ships had sailed past him.
None of them stopped or saw him.
Newsweek reports that at one point he became so discouraged that he considered jumping into the ocean and committing suicide, but when he remembered his parent's advice, he chose to turn to God instead.
His parents had taught him to pray to God during times of distress, and that is exactly what he did. The teen also had a Bible on board with him and he told reporters that the Bible, along with prayer, helped him get through this trying experience. Finally, on August 31, he was rescued when a ship spotted him. Drama in real life!
Have you ever "been adrift" in your life?
How has the Bible and prayer kept you afloat?
"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast..." (Hebrews 6:19)
Kurt Goff is a broadcasting veteran with a pastor's heart. He has more than 25 years of experience anchoring television news and hosting a variety of radio programs around the country. With Jesus Christ at the center and the Bible as the guide, each broadcast of Kurt Goff Live reminds listeners that they are not alone and that Christ loves them through the ups and downs of their life. Goff is a graduate of Texas Christian University. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons.