John Leonard Doper and David Nitschman are names you may not readily recognize.
John was a potter and David a carpenter. Ordinary occupations, extraordinary men.
They became slaves in order to have the opportunity to reach the slaves of the West Indies for their Lord.
Their life’s purpose was to follow the Lamb who had given His life for them and for all the souls of the world.
Their mission statement was “Our Lamb has conquered, let us follow Him.”
As the ship pulled away from the docks the men lifted a cry, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering.”
This cry became the resonating heartbeat of the Moravian Missions movement.
These two men birthed a Missions movement, not through fancy talk, but by living the message.
Moravian missionaries leaving Europe to go to the Caribbean missions always took two things with them: A Bible and their own headstone. There isn’t any rock to speak of on those islands, and the missionaries knew that most of them wouldn’t come home.
“That the Lamb may recieve the reward of His suffering!”