This is the most I can remember of a story I heard about two couples who went on the mission field together. When they arrived at their destination they chose not to live where the other missionaries in the area were living because they wanted to live closer to the people they came to evangelize. They soon found that all the native people were very hostile to their presence, that is except for one young boy. The young boy often brought them food, and when he did one of the women shared the Gospel with him. A short time later this same woman tragically died in childbirth. Her husband became angry at God because of his wife’s death, and didn’t want his newborn baby girl. He returned to the main mission area with the child and there he met an older missionary couple who agreed to take the baby.
((It may be hard to believe but the other young couple also died. They were both poisoned. I don’t recall hearing any details of where, when or how that happened.)
The child was raised in the U.S by the couple and when she grew up she was told about her parents and the story surrounding her birth. She searched for her parents and was able to find and meet her father in the U.S. He lived a worldly life and didn’t want anything to do with the Lord. Searching further for information about her mother she was surprised to hear that a monument had been erected in honor of her mother in the town where she had been a missionary. As she continued to search she learned that the young boy that heard the Gospel from her mother became a Christian. He in turn preached the Gospel to the town’s people resulting in a revival. The revival spread to neighboring towns with churches being planted, and the people erected some sort of monument in remembrance of her mother for bringing them the Gospel.
The Lord brought a revival from what looked like an utter and complete missionary failure. What’s even more amazing is that one day she and the young boy her mother witnessed to all those years before just “happened to meet” at a Christian conference they were both attending!
We never know what the result will be when sharing the Gospel with someone. We witness and leave the rest in the Lord’s hands, trusting Him always, in all situations.
Hebrew 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
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CHILD, THE LORD IS CALLING – A Poem
Our life upon this earth is short,
The days are few, at best.
One day, unknown, we’ll leave this world,
No doubt, like all the rest.
To school we go, learn all we can,
For temporal life prepare.
But if for death, we do not plan,
Dear child, we’ve greatly erred.
Tomorrow this, tomorrow that,
Who said it would be ours?
Much promised in the Word of God,
But not unending hours.
Another thought, why walk this earth,
Without the Savior’s hand?
He’ll comfort, guide, and help us through,
This very weary land.
Religion is so popular,
Fruit of the devil’s seed.
Dear child, do know, if that’s your hope,
You’ll truly be deceived.
The Lord is calling, can you hear,
There’s hope, while there’s still breath.
Now is the time, to change your course,
Before the day of death.
The Spirit and the bride say come,
You may not have another chance,
Dear child, please don’t delay.
Christ crucified, and then arose,
The Gospel that we tell.
By grace, through faith, is how we’re saved,
T’was Jesus taught of hell.
Repentance, faith, believe we must,
But still we do not boast.
Salvation is a gift from God,
Receive the Holy Ghost.
Cathy White 2007 ©