Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Great Missionary Stories- 3- Dr. Johnson Cherian

Mary Mitchell Slessor, born in Scotland in 1848, had a godly upbringing because of her mother; she worked hard for her family from age 11 to meet ends because her father was an alcoholic and brought their family to financial ruin. She became a Christian at a young age and dreamed of doing mission work in Africa. In 1875, at age 27, she sailed for Calabar which is in Nigeria now. She worked as a school teacher initially, learned the local language Efik and on her second assignment there, she decided to live with the locals and do pioneering Christian ministry among them. "Twin Murder" was a custom among the locals there, as they believed that twins resulted from a curse and one child was from an evil spirit. Both babies were killed and the mother was shunned by the locals.

Mary relentlessly interceded in the presence of the Lord against this injustice and fought against this evil practice, risking her life, rescuing many twins and mothers from people controlled by witchcraft. God granted Mary grace and favor in that, the local tribes finally accepted her in their midst. She rescued hundreds of twins over time and after 15 years of living with the Okoyongs, the tribes made her a judge for the whole region. She told them about the love of God for them and that he had sent Jesus, his son to die for them, so that they could have eternal life.

She prayed for the sick, cared for the ailing and taught them to live right; all through living in a mud hut and wearing simple cotton clothing. She lived with 7 children that she had adopted from the tribes. Janie, her oldest adopted daughter, helped her much in her missionary work later on. She did more pioneer work in many regions like Itu and Ibo and paved the way for future missionary work. In the year 1915, almost 40 years after coming to Africa, she died at the age of 66, a truly blessed servant of the Most High; the natives cried bitterly, "Our mother is dead. Everybody's mother has left us." She was affectionately called "Ma" by all.

Afterthought- Jesus said, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him (her) who believes." (Mark 9:23)
The courage, the grit, the resolve, the faith to go alone in to battle with evil, the steadfastness to purchase souls for Christ at any cost, places her name among the greats of the Christian faith.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Great Missionary Stories-2- Dr. Johnson Cherian

Bartholomew Ziegenbalg, born in Saxony, Germany, was a missionary to South India from 1706-19. After 34 months of grueling journey, he landed in Tranquebar, a Danish colony on the coast of India. He was received harshly by the governor, got a small room in the Portuguese quarters and began his missionary work under crushing circumstances with the natives wanting nothing of his religion. They tried to get rid of him but he persisted. 

He persuaded a school teacher to teach him how to write the Tamil alphabets on sand and later found a Brahmin from whom he learnt to speak the Tamil language fairly well in 8 months. Some of the Europeans in India then owned slaves and the missionary asked for permission to teach them Tamil. He was permitted to do so and in less than a year, 5 slaves were brought to Christ and baptized. He built a Church with his own earnings and preached in Tamil and Portuguese at it's dedication, which was attended by Christians and non-Christians alike. 

2 years after reaching India, he had mastered the Tamil language and in 1811 he finished translating the New Testament into Tamil; the first translation of this book into any language spoken in India. Other than the New testament, he translated a Danish Liturgy and German hymns to Tamil. He died at the age of 36, after thirteen years of pioneer work. At his burial there were 350 converts, ready to carry on the great commission of Jesus Christ.

Afterthought- Jesus told his disciples, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19, 20)

For those who step out with faith, a God given vision will find it's fulfillment, any corner of the world.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Great Missionary Stories- 1- Dr. Johnson Cherian

After having taken up the running of a hospital with an average of fifty inpatients in China, Hudson Taylor, the British missionary found himself in a tight spot with finances dwindling fast. The patients were treated free of charge and so were food and medicines given. The hospital cook informed him one day that the last bag of rice was being used and there were large expenses to be met urgently. The missionary cried out to God fervently for finances; so did his prayer team. His faith assured his mind that God would certainly provide. In 19th century China there were no fast means of funds transfer and ships travelling from London to China took 4-5 months to reach it's destination.

Just before the last bag of rice was over, he received a letter from a Mr. Berger from England, who wrote to him about his father's demise and that his father had left him a good inheritance which he wanted to share for the extension of God's kingdom. There was a cheque for 50 pounds with the letter. 50 pounds in the 19th century was a huge sum. There was great rejoicing that day and many praises offered in worship to God Almighty who had proven himself faithful to his servant's needs. The letter was sent 5 months back from England and arrived at the precise time to meet Hudson Taylor's needs.
Afterthought- God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9). He will meet your needs when you pray with faith. And he may have sent the answer to the prayer that you are praying these days, 5 or 6 months ago. Stay strong.