Spiritually Speaking Pearl Harper Saved Twice Claudia Harper, a cousin of my husband Bob, has worked for years on their family ancestry; she recently sent in a very interesting story. She said the person in the following story may or may not be an ancestor. She could find no genealogy on him, but said she would like think he was related. It is called Twice saved- a true titanic hero it was written by Charles M. Calson. If you saw the movie Titanic you know much of what took place 88 years ago, when the ship that even God couldn’t sink, did sink. Of the 1,528 people who ended up in the icy water, only six were rescued. But did you know that one of those six was actually saved twice that night? His story is an inspiring reminder that there’s more to life than mere survival. To tell this man’s story, I have to first tell you about another man, a Scot named John Harper. Harper, a minister of the gospel, boarded the Titanic with his six –year- old daughter, Nana. He planned to travel to the Moody Church in Chicago, where he had been invited to preach for three months. When the ship struck the iceberg and began to sink, Harper made sure his daughter was placed into one of the lifeboats. He then began what would be the last evangelistic work of his young life. As the freezing waters began to fill the ship, Harper was heard shouting “Let the women, children and the unsaved into the lifeboats.” Survivors reported that Harper took off his own life jacket and gave it to another man. “Don’t worry about me,” he reportedly said, “I’m not going down, I’m going up!” When the ship began to sink, more than 1,500 passengers jumped or fell into the icy waters. As they gradually drowned or froze to death, Harper was seen swimming from one passenger to another, pleading with them to accept Christ. Only six of the 1,500 people struggling in the water were later rescued, including a man who later identified himself as Harper’s last convert. This young man had climbed up on a piece of debris. Harper who was struggling in the water near him shouted out “Are you saved?” “No”, the man replied. Harper then shouted the scripture “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” The man did not answer, and a moment later he drifted away on the waves. A few minutes later, a current brought the two men back together. Again Harper asked, “Are you saved?” Once again he said “no”. With his dying breath, Harper shouted, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” He then slipped under the waves for the last time. Then and there the young man gave his life to Christ. Four years later at a Titanic survivors meeting in Ontario, Canada, this man tearfully gave his testimony recounting how John Harper had led him to the Lord. You know this dramatic story never made it to the movie. Our culture seems to be more interested in fictional stories of romance, illicit sex and priceless jewelry than the wonderful relationship between God and His people. Tell others the story of the young Scottish minister who witnessed to others with his dying breath-making sure they know how to be prepared to die. God Bless.