Patrick: Slave and Evangelist
Young Patrick thought he was dreaming when he heard his father’s footsteps in the hallway outside his bedroom door.
“Wake up! Wake up! Pirates are invading our villa!” But before Patrick could leap to his feet, a pirate grabbed him by the arm. “You’re coming with me!” he gruffly scowled and hauled his prisoner away to the wicker boats on the sand of the shore below.
Patrick was a teenager when kidnappers seized him from his home. The kidnappers sold him as a slave to a master in Ireland. Patrick feared that he might never see his family again.
Patrick cried out to God for help, and he grew closer to the Lord while he was a captive. Later Patrick was able to escape and return home to his family. But he didn’t forget that people who had captured him did not follow Jesus.
Against his family’s wishes, Patrick went back to Ireland to share the gospel. He faced many challenges and obstacles, but he continued to serve God. Patrick died on a March 17th many centuries ago. We remember him every year on St. Patrick’s Day.
The story above comes from the book The Story of St. Patrick: More Than Shamrocks and Leprechauns. To learn more about this and other children’s resources, visit the resource page on this site.
The book ends with the following prayer:
Dear Jesus, I have friends who do not know You. I ask for boldness and graciousness to tell them about the promise of heaven You have offered to each of us who chooses to receive it. If they make fun of me for following a God they cannot see or for believing in a promise they do not understand, help me to stay close to You, and not be ashamed of You. Amen.