William Carey had
to overcome great odds to obey the call of God. In The Challenge of Life,
Oswald J. Smith noted that “even the Directors of the East India Company
opposed [Carey’s] work. Following is the idiotic resolution they presented to
Parliament: ‘The sending out of missionaries into one Eastern possession is
the maddest, most extravagant, most costly, most indefensible project which
has ever been suggested by a moonstruck fanatic.'” Smith added, “In
1796, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland passed the following infamous
resolution: ‘To spread the knowledge of the gospel amongst barbarians and heathens
seems to be highly preposterous.’ One speaker in the House of Commons said that
he would rather see a band of devils let loose in India than a band of missionaries.
Such was the opposition to missions when Carey set forth. And yet, he was able
to write, ‘Why is my soul disquieted within me? Things may turn out better than
I expect. Everything is known to God, and God cares.'” William Carey stood
the test, and became the father of modern missions.


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During the Arab-Israeli war of 1967 an American reporter was flying over the Sinai desert with an Israeli officer, and they spotted some fifty thousand stranded Egyptian soldiers who obviously were dying of thirst. When the situation was reported in the newspapers a number of world leaders and organizations tried to do something to help. But every time a plan was suggested, some military, diplomatic, or bureaucratic obstacle prevented its being carried out. By the time help came, thousands of the soldiers had died.

 

How equally tragic it is for churches to spin their wheels in programs and committees while thousands around them are desperately in need of the spiritual water of the Word.


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