How I beg God for these days again! God do it again–raise up 10,000 missionaries and send them to the world with the wonderful news of Jesus Christ.
I am reminded of the Student Volunteer Movement which between 1850 and 1950 sent out nearly 10,000 missionaries. Many of them left their home with their belongings packed in a coffin aware that 80% of them would never return.
Allow me to leave you with an excerpt from a sermon by Paris Reidhead:
â€œTwo young Moravians heard of an island in the West Indies where an atheist British owner had 2000 to 3000 slaves. And the owner had said, â€˜No preacher, no clergyman, will ever stay on this island. If he’s ship wrecked weâ€™ll keep him in a separate house until he has to leave, but he’s never going to talk to any of us about God, I’m through with all that nonsense.â€™ Three thousand slaves from the jungles of Africa brought to an island in the Atlantic and there to live and die without hearing of Christ.
Two young Moravians heard about it. They sold themselves to the British planter and used the money they received from their sale, for he paid no more than he would for any slave, to pay their passage out to his island for he wouldn’t even transport them. As the ship left its pier in the river at Hamburg and was going out into the North Sea carried with the tide, the Moravians had come from Herrenhut to see these two lads off, in their early twenties. Never to return again, for this wasn’t a four year term, they sold themselves into lifetime slavery. Simply that as slaves, they could be as Christians where these others were. The families were there weeping, for they knew they would never see them again. And they wondered why they were going and questioned the wisdom of it. As the gap widened and the housings had been cast off and were being curled up there on the pier, and the young boys saw the widening gap, one lad with his arm linked through the arm of his fellow, raised his hand and shouted across the gap the last words that were heard from them, they were these, â€˜MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!â€™â€