I was blessed and delighted to read the story of former Dean of the Chapel Dean Gordon's conversion from atheist to a follower of Christ while in a Japanese POW camp in Thailand during World War II. The article did not mention the title of Gordon’s detailed autobiography, To End All Wars: A True Story About the Will to Survive and the Courage to Forgive, which was made into a movie of the same name in 2001. It’s a tremendous story of the power of God to transform his and other POWs’ lives during an extreme trial for survival. Spoiler: One of the main characters in the book, Dusty Miller, a POW and a Christian, exhibited uncharacteristic selflessness while ministering to his fellow prisoners. He was killed by his captors, primarily because of his faith. After the war, Gordon and others diligently attempted to locate his family to tell them of their appreciation for Dusty. They could find no records of his existence, not even through the military. He wondered if Dusty was a fulfillment of a verse in the New Testament, Hebrews 1:14, “Are they not all ministering spirits (angels) sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”

Thank you, PAW, for including this story of faith.

Brian Solik ’84
Louisburg, N.C.