Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Why Missions?

Maria & Hudson Taylor (1865)

When Hudson Taylor was director of the China Inland Mission, he often interviewed candidates for the mission field. On one occasion, he met with a group of applicants to determine their motivations for service. "And why do you wish to go as a foreign missionary"? he asked one. "I want to go because Christ has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,? was the reply. Another said, "I want to go because millions are perishing without Christ.? Others gave different answers. Then Hudson Taylor said, "All of these motives, however good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possible death. There is but one motive that will sustain you in trial and testing; namely, the love of Christ?.

A missionary in Africa was once asked if he really liked what he was doing. His response was shocking. 'do I like this work"? he said. "No. My wife and I do not like dirt. We have reasonable refined sensibilities. We do not like crawling into vile huts through goat refuse...But is a man to do nothing for Christ he does not like? God pity him, if not. Liking or disliking has nothing to do with it. We have orders to "Go,? and we go. Love constrains us.'

Our Daily Bread

1 comment:

Dennis said...

Hi Sean & Vera,

We are updating our database at KLBC and wondered if you could give us your new address. You could do so by emailing the school at We are planning an alumni reunion in June and would love to invite you. We might like to have you make a presentation of what has been happening in your life as well if you would be willing. I couldn't find an email address for you but I did find your blog so forgive me for using this as an email server :)

God bless,

Dennis Easton