Lamb & Lion Ministries had four founders back in 1980. One supplied the faith; another, the leadership; a third, the money. The fourth was the one to whom God gave the vision for the ministry — a man named Dudley Head.
Dudley is one of the godliest men I have ever known. Ever since I met him in the 1970’s, he has had an intimate relationship with the Lord, producing many special spiritual experiences in his life.
For example, I remember the day he called me excitedly to tell me about something that had happened to him in his backyard. “I was meditating on the Lord,” he said, “when I sensed His presence. I quietly said, ‘Lord, please manifest your presence to me in some special way.'”
Dudley said the words were hardly out of his mouth when a Monarch butterfly suddenly appeared, circled him a few times, and then landed in the open palm of his right hand. “We just sat there and stared at each other for a long time,” Dudley said.
In 1963 Dudley was serving as the lay preacher of a small church in South Dakota, and he desperately needed encouragement. One day he got a telephone call from a stranger.
“Do you believe in helping people?” the man asked.
“Yes, I do,” answered Dudley.
“Even if they are Jewish?”
“Yes,” Dudley responded.
The man then explained that he was a Jew who was stranded in the town and needed help. He said he was at a gas station on the main highway that passed through the town.
Dudley drove over and picked him up. He was a young man in his early 30’s. He said he had been hitchhiking from California.
Dudley took him home, and his wife fixed dinner for him. After dinner, Dudley asked the man if he would like to go to his church’s Wednesday evening Bible study. The man agreed.
They were studying the Old Testament, something none of the members of the church were familiar with, including Dudley. As they began their study that evening, the Jewish stranger soon took over and began to explain the meaning of the Scriptures. Dudley was amazed, enlightened, and encouraged.
Dudley found a place for the man to stay that night and paid for his lodging. The next morning, he had disappeared without a trace.
To this day Dudley believes the man was an angel sent by God to encourage him and to get him interested in the prophecies contained in the Hebrew Scriptures. And ever since that strange experience more than 40 years ago, Dudley has emphasized Hebrews 13:2 to everyone: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
Yes, the Bible teaches the reality of angels, and it teaches that they sometimes take on human form in order to minister to those who are in the process of being saved (Hebrews 1:14).
What are angels? Where did they come from? What is their purpose? Do they have a ministry today? How do they relate to the end times? Find out in the following segments of this series on the ministry of angels!