They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth…
God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11
Rowland Bingham– took the Good News of Jesus’ love to Africa.
“Rowland [Bingham] often told people that he did not have a great deal of faith, but that he had a little faith in a great God, and that great God would not let His causes fail.”
C.T. Studd– a famous British cricket player who gave away his large family inheritance to go tell the world about Jesus. He worked many years in China, five years in India, and then ended his life sharing the truth of Christ to cannibals in the Belgian Congo.
“Christ wants not nibblers of the possible but grabbers of the impossible. Some wish to live within the sound of church or chapel bells. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell!”
Dr. Ida Scudder– the daughter of missionaries in India. She started a hospital and a medical college in India, because she saw a need and chose to do something about it.
Jim Elliot– Martyred in Ecuador at the age of 29 while striving to tell the Waorani about the love of Jesus.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
Gladys Aylward– fearlessly ministered to prisoners, ran an inn for mule trains, helped bring an end to the practice of foot-binding, and rescued war-torn orphans in China. She was beloved by many Chinese, who called her Ai-weh-deh, “virtuous one”.
That volcano climber/ surfer dude– When arrested for sharing his faith, he dutifully recorded a recipe for chocolate chip cookies in the confession book, while offering the stern (though English-illiterate) officer a banana.
Wildflower– always ready to help the sick in time of need, she perseveres through floods and power outages to share the greatest story
The horse-back prophet– known for challenging the listener to a higher standard, armed with a glass of lemonade, (or hot tea, depending on the weather)
The grammar buffs– reaching souls with the Gospel through the internet
Piano teacher– working to advance the gospel in the mountains of Mexico
High-fiver– known to rappel off the roof of many a high school as a tool to convey the message of God’s love
HC leader– enthusiastically encouraging his group to reach their full potential by daring them to carry out their Creator’s intent for their lives
Math Man– undaunted by multi-month sub-zero climates, ready to share hospitality and his faith over a cup of hot chocolate
And last, but not least, YOU. Go out there and shine your light in that unique way that God has equipped you -and only you- with.
- Janet & Geoff Benge. Rowland Bingham: Into Africa’s Interior. YWAM Publishing, 2003, p. 168
- Janet & Geoff Benge. C.T. Studd: No Retreat. YWAM Publishing, 2005, p. 150.
- Janet & Geoff Benge. Ida Scudder: Healing Bodies, Touching Hearts. YWAM Publishing, 2003.
- Janet & Geoff Benge. Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose. YWAM Publishing, 1999.
- Janet & Geoff Benge. Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime. YWAM Publishing, 1998, p. 127.