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Edwin Davis found Christianity on the battlefield in World War II

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Edwin Davis says he was not a Christian when he went into World War II.  But something he found on the battlefield changed that.

While fighting his way through Italy as a leader for a machine gun platoon, Davis made a chilling discovery.

"I looked down and just happened to see this guy's hand. His fingers were all just white as snow sticking out." Davis says. "Evidently they blowed his hand off or something." 

Near that hand, Davis says he found a pocket-sized New Testament and kept it.  Later, Davis was hunkered down in a foxhole during another day of fierce German shelling.

"We didn't know if we were going to live another day or not. And I wanted to be ready to die if I had to," he says.  "I started reading the scriptures." 

And now, more than 70 years later, Davis still remembers what he read.  He keeps a passage from Romans 10 marked in another New Testament.  

"And here's the main verse," he said, then reading, "For whosoever should call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

He adds, "That's what got me going right there. I bowed my head and I called upon Him and said, 'Lord, I don't want to die here in this country. If you save my soul, my life, I'll serve you.'"

Davis did survive.  After the war, the Army sent him to Paris, Texas, where he met his wife.  He says he forgot about giving his soul to Christ until his wife asked him to go to church.  And he began to hear the call to serve the Lord.

"I just started -- tears coming out of my eyes. I said something's happening to me," Davis remembers.

He became a minister in Texas, and later became the preacher at Princeton, Louisiana's First Baptist Church in 1971.  He served there for 15 years.  Davis now teaches Sunday School at Koran Baptist Church near his home near Lake Bistineau.

And at age 92, Davis still grows an impressive garden of tomatoes, peas, and peppers.   He's been widowed for 20 years now.  But he's eternally thankful for what he found.

"That was the best thing that ever happened to me during that war is finding that little New Testament," he says. "God gave me to World War II to save me." 

Davis says when he shipped back to the U.S., he left that New Testament with other soldiers.  He hopes it saved them, too.
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