One more

“Please Lord, help me get one more, just one more," prayed Desmond Doss on that night on Hacksaw Ridge. Are you willing and ready to get "one more" for Jesus?

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“With the world so set on tearing itself apart, don’t seem like such a bad thing to me to want to put a little bit of it back together.” And with that Private Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist “conscientious cooperator”, was thrust into one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

As the last man standing on top of Okinawa’s Hacksaw Ridge after a failed Allied attack, Doss prayed for guidance. In the eerie silence he heard a cry for help, and then another. His prayer was answered. He worked tirelessly through the night saving at least 75 wounded men. With each and every soldier lowered down to safety, Doss’s prayer was, “Please Lord, help me get one more, just one more.”

If you’re alive there are only two reasons for it: you’re lost and Jesus is searching for you, or you’re found and can join the search party.

Doss’s prayer has been the war cry of heaven since the plunge of humanity into sin: “. . . will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?”; “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Matthew 18:12; Luke 19:10).

If you’re alive there are only two reasons for it: you’re lost and Jesus is searching for you, or you’re found and can join the search party.

The good news is that if you’re lost, Jesus is longing to save you. Now! Don’t put it off for another second—there’s nothing to gain and everything to lose by delaying. And if you’re found, you have the opportunity to join Jesus in “getting one more” for eternity.

“. . . one soul is precious, very precious, in the sight of God. Christ would have died for one soul in order that that one might live through the eternal ages . . . Someone must have a burden of soul to find those who have been lost” (Testimonies, Vol 8, p 73).

In just a couple of weeks millions of moviegoers around the world will crowd cinemas to watch Hacksaw Ridge. While the gut-wrenching battle scenes will nauseate a few popcorn filled stomachs, the heroic faith and bravery of Desmond Doss will linger long after the credits roll. For the first time millions will be exposed to the quality and character of the Seventh-day Adventist faith—a faith not of the world but in it to its very miry depths.

As thoughts (and Google searches) zero in on Seventh-day Adventists, we have a rare opportunity to share our hope-filled faith with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. After they’ve seen the movie, talk to them about Doss’s story, gift them The Hero of Hacksaw Ridge book or the Conscientious Objector DVD, invite them to spend a Sabbath with you and your family, point them to the <faithofdoss.com> website, invite them to a church visitors day—do something, anything, everything to get one more for eternity.

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ (Romans 10:14,15).

Pray the prayer of Doss: “Please Lord, help me get one more, just one more.”


* Record is not recommending people see the MA15+ rated movie Hacksaw Ridge but is informing Seventh-day Adventists of the current opportunity to witness.

Pastor Cristian Copaceanu is director of personal ministries for the Australian Union Conference.