~*~ The True Hero of the Titanic ~Story ~*~

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Today is the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. April 15th 1912.
I have been very interested in all the stories of this tragic event. people, although her maximum capacity was 3,547.
I have always felt sad because the rich people had more survivors than the poorer people. The ship had a total lifeboat capacity of 1,178

Total on board 2,223
Total survivors 706 (with lifeboat capacity of 1.178)
Total lives lost was 1,517
(from Wikipedia)

**First Class**
329 on board
199 survivors
130 lost

**Second Class**
285 on board
119 survivors
166 lost

**Third Class**
710 on board
174 servivors
536 lost

991 on board
214 survivors
685 lost

When the movie by James Cameron came out I went to see it with my DH when we were engaged. I got so engrossed in the story line that by the time it came to the part when it was sinking I completely forgot that it was going to sink! I never cried over a movie as I did at that one.

I am a very easy crier. Doesn't take much for me to be moved to tears. I have always been overly emotional I guess. When I get mad or angry I end up in tears as well. I am too sensitive and it is one of my greatest faults or assets depending on how you look at it.

I found this story and wanted to share with you. I almost forgot it was the 15th at first. I found it touching.

~*~ The True Hero of the Titanic ~*~
- Author Unknown

John Harper was born to a pair of solid Christian parents on May 29th, 1872. It was on the last Sunday of March 1886, when he was thirteen years old that he received Jesus as the Lord of his life. He never knew what it was to "sow his wild oats." He began to preach about four years later at the ripe old age of 17 years old by going down to the streets of his village and pouring out his soul in earnest entreaty for men to be reconciled to God.

As John Harper's life unfolded, one thing was apparent...he was consumed by the word of God. When asked by various ministers what his doctrine consisted of, he was known to reply "The Word of God!" After five or six years of toiling on street corners preaching the gospel and working in the mill during the day, Harper was taken in by Rev. E. A. Carter of Baptist Pioneer Mission in London, England.

This set Harper free to devote his whole time of energy to the work so dear to his heart. Soon, John Harper started his own church in September of 1896. (Now known as the Harper Memorial Church.) This church which John Harper had started with just 25 members, had grown to over 500 members when he left 13 years later.

During this time he had gotten married, but was shortly thereafter widowed. However brief the marriage, God did bless John Harper with a beautiful little girl named Nana. Ironically, John Harper almost drowned several times during his life.

When he was two and a half years of age, he almost drowned when he fell into a well but was resuscitated by his mother.
At the age of Twenty-six, he was swept out to sea by a reverse current and barely survived, and at thirty-two he faced death on a leaking ship in the Mediterranean.

Perhaps, God used these experiences to prepare this servant for what he faced next....... It was the night of April 14, 1912. The RMS Titanic sailed swiftly on the bitterly cold ocean waters heading unknowingly into the pages of history. On board this luxurious ocean liner were many rich and famous people. At the time of the ship's launch, it was the world's largest man-made moveable object. At 11:40 p.m. on that fateful night, an iceberg scraped the ship's starboard side, showering the decks with ice and ripping open six watertight compartments. The sea poured in.

On board the ship that night was John Harper and his much-beloved six-year-old daughter Nana. According to documented reports, as soon as it was apparent that the ship was going to sink, John Harper immediately took his daughter to a lifeboat. It is reasonable to assume that this widowed preacher could have easily gotten on board this boat to safety; however, it never seems to have crossed his mind. He bent down and kissed his precious little girl; looking into her eyes he told her that she would see him again someday.

The flares going off in the dark sky above reflected the tears on his face as he turned and headed towards the crowd of desperate humanity on the sinking ocean liner. As the rear of the huge ship began to lurch upwards, it was reported that Harper was seen making his way up the deck yelling "Women, children and unsaved into the lifeboats!" It was only minutes later that the Titanic began to rumble deep within. Most people thought it was an explosion; actually the gargantuan ship was literally breaking in half. At this point, many people jumped off the decks and into the icy, dark waters below. John Harper was one of these people.

That night 1528 people went into the frigid waters. John Harper was seen swimming frantically to people in the water leading them to Jesus before the hypothermia became fatal. Mr. Harper swam up to one young Man who had climbed up on a piece of debris. Rev. Harper asked him between breaths, "Are you saved?" The young man replied that he was not. Harper then tried to lead him to Christ only to have the young man who was near shock, reply no. John Harper then took off his life jacket and threw it to the man and said "Here then, you need this more than I do..." and swam away to other people.

A few minutes later Harper swam back to the young man and succeeded in leading him to salvation. Of the 1528 people that went into the water that night, six were rescued by the lifeboats. One of them was this young man on the debris.

Four years later, at a survivors meeting, this young man stood up and in tears recounted how that after John Harper had led him to Christ. Mr. Harper had tried to swim back to help other people, yet because of the intense cold, had grown too weak to swim. His last words before going under in the frigid waters were "Believe on the Name of the Lord Jesus and you will be saved."

Does Hollywood remember this man? No. Oh well, no matter. This servant of God did what he had to do. While other people were trying to buy their way onto the lifeboats and selfishly trying to save their own lives, John Harper gave up his life so that others could be saved. "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends..." John Harper was truly the hero of the Titanic!

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    unsung hero!!
    2929 days ago
    Wow! What an interesting story. Thanks for sharing!
    2930 days ago
  • MOMELA79
    Thank you for that wonderful story!!!!
    2930 days ago
    Lovely story. Thanks for sharing Willow. I hope that you're feeling better today. You are always in my prayers my friend. Love, Dawn
    2930 days ago
    Wow Willow that is an incredible story! I too am a Titanic buff. But for the "real" stuff not the Hollywoodtainted version. What happend to his daughter? I'd like to read and find out! Hugs Laurie
    2930 days ago
  • 0309COOKIE
    That was a very interesting account. Thank you for sharing it.
    2930 days ago
    Wow. I wish there were MORE movies about men and women like John Harper, not just love stories that are all mooshy/gooshie! What an inspiring life he led, though cut too short. You always give your friends food for thought that is so divine!! Thank you, Willow! emoticon emoticon
    2930 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2010 12:08:42 PM
    Very interesting blog! I am a Titanic enthusiast. I have about 20 books about the Titanic. I started collecting them in 1980. They are all in storage but I feel like going and getting them out now!
    2930 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this with us. It is so easy to get caught up in the Hollywood version of a movie and by doing so lose the opportunity to see the Lord at work. If you have seen the Blind Side, I would encourage you to watch the interviews that both Michael Oher and Leann Tuohy have given before and after the movie. The movie is wonderful and touching, but the actual events as told by the people that actually lived them are so much more powerful.
    2930 days ago
    My eyes are all teary....thank you for sharing this wonderful story!

    "Women, children and unsaved into the lifeboats!" WOW! What a Life! What a testimony!
    2931 days ago
    That is very interesting. It is amazing how Hollywood leaves out the most important parts of the story. My daughter is only 15 but she is like a historian I am going to have her read this. emoticon
    2931 days ago
  • PUDDIN74
    That is so touching. I love the movie and have seen it several times, it is my all time favorite. It was such a tragedy and I too cried like a baby during the movie. My son is interested in Titanic and that is all he could talk about last night. He watched the movie last night to remember what happened. I made sure to copy your story so I could show it to him tonight. Thank You!
    2931 days ago
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