There is a story of determination that has inspired me for a long time. One stormy night, Hudson Taylor was scheduled to speak in Birmingham, England, at the Severn Street schoolroom. His hostess attempted to dissuade him from going in the torrential downpour by telling him that everyone would assume it was canceled. “But was it not announced for tonight,” Hudson Taylor asked. He then said, “I must go, even if there is no one but the doorkeeper.”
The meeting was attended by less than a dozen people, but during the course of that small gathering half of those present either became missionaries or gave their children as missionaries while the other half became regular supporters of Mr. Hudson’s mission.
The mission we’ve been handed by Christ should always be the supreme motivation in our lives, and sometimes success requires a determination that seems over the top to some people. However a quick visit to the lives of many successful Gospel pioneers shows of pattern of determination and conviction which can serve to inspire all of us.
David Livingstone, pioneer missionary to Africa, received a letter saying, “Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you.”
Livingstone replied, “If you have men who will come only if there is a good road, I do not want them. I want those who will come if there is no road at all.”
This Sunday is a missions emphasis Sunday in which we will welcome James and Katie Waddell who are striving to bring the message of that Gospel to people on the continent of Africa.