?F.W. Boreham shares a story about his mentor J.J. Doke moving from New Zealand to South Africa and collaborating with Mahatma Gandhi:
“After granting me seven years of such happy intimacy, Mr. Doke [Boreham’s mentor] left New Zealand, and I saw him no more. It was a year or two later that he and Mr. Gandhi met. Mr. Doke had recently settled as minister at Johannesburg; and Mr. Gandhi was in South Africa as the legal representative of the Indian population, who, just then, were involved in a serious clash with the authorities. Mr. Doke’s sympathies were with the Indians, and he immediately got into touch with Mr. Gandhi. Each was astonished at the other’s diminutive stature. They did not look like a pair of champions.
“Mr. Doke says that he expected to see ‘a tall and stately figure and a bold masterful face.’ Instead of this, ‘a small, little, spare figure stood before me, and a refined earnest face looked into mine. The skin was dark, the eyes dark, but the smile which illumined the face, and that direct, fearless glance, simply took one’s heart by storm. He was only thirty-eight, but the strain of his work showed its traces in the sprinkling of silver in his hair. He spoke English perfectly and was evidently a man of great culture.’
“On the wall of Mr. Gandhi’s office hung a beautiful picture of Jesus; and, the moment that Mr. Doke’s eyes rested upon it, he felt that he and his new friend were bound by a most sacred tie.
“‘I want you’, he said to Mr. Gandhi, ‘to consider me your friend in this struggle. If,’ he added, with a glance at the picture on the wall, ‘I have learned any lesson from the life of Jesus, it is that we should share the burden of those who are heavy-laden.’”
(F.W. Boreham, I Forgot to Say, 1939. The full story about J.J. Doke and Gandhi is written by Boreham in The Man Who Saved Gandhi, a book that has been republished as F.W. Boreham, Lover of Life: F.W. Boreham’s Tribute to His Mentor.)

View more sermon illustrations for inspiration for your next message.

Share This On:

About The Author

Dr. Geoff Pound joined the Ashburton Baptist Church staff in September 2012. He pastored churches in New Zealand before coming to Australia with his family in 1992. Geoff served the Victoria Baptists in a number of roles including Home Mission Superintendent, Director of Leadership Training, President of the Baptist Union of Victoria and Principal of Whitley College. In the seven years prior to coming to Ashburton, Geoff worked as a freelance writer and teacher based in the United Arab Emirates. Geoff is married to Lyn who is an English Language teacher. They have a son who lives in Sydney and a daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren in Melbourne. 

Related Posts