God impressed upon Elijah, one of our staff, to, "Go in and buy him a Bible." Elijah even felt that it was to be a specific translation -- the New Living Translation. He asked God to pave the way to get in and out with that Bible and give it to Paul before he had left. After all, who can quickly get in and out of Wal-Mart on Black Friday at 11:00 pm?! But God answered the prayer.
There was an open path all the way to the back of the store where the books were, and (of the very few Bibles available) there was a New Living Translation. Elijah grabbed it and headed to the register. There was a checkout with only one person at it, and he finished promptly. He got in and out of there strikingly fast and put the Bible into Paul's hands. Paul's eyes lit up. Have you ever seen a skit for children? That's how Paul looked. His countenance became animatedly excited. He was thrilled and thankful; on Thanksgiving, no less! He continued to hang around, just because he enjoyed the company and was so interested in whatever he could learn about God. They knew this, because Paul actually said so! He had nothing to hide. He seemed refreshed to be around people that he didn't have to hide from.
He asked where to start reading, and a DTS student quickly responded, "Matthew." It may have been 3 or even 5 times that Paul assured those "YWAMers" that he would read it. Regardless of those honest words, his excitement and hunger were obvious enough that no one lacked any assurance of his intentions. Nonetheless, Paul couldn't help but vocalize his joy. He left that night with a powerful combination: the Bible -- and a desire to know the Author.