Why Not Try This? …Read A Mission Story

Three and a half years ago, when I was preparing to go on a mission trip to India, I wondered what I could do to still stay connected to my little daughter, Danesa, age 8 at the time. I decided to invest about four hours recording a mission story book on cassette tapes so she could listen to it (and my voice) while we were gone. I recorded the book “The Restless Missionary” by Virgil Robinson, an incredible biography of Josef Wolfe. My daughter has listened to the book on tape many times since.

A few months ago I was preparing to go again to India. This time I recorded the book “Jungle Adventurer” by Eileen Lantry, the amazing story of Pastor O.E. Davis and his work in British Guiana in 1911 with a tribe of Indians who later became known as the Davis Indians. An angel had continued to appear to the chief of the tribe, teaching him Bible truths and telling him to send for missionaries who would teach him more. Finally, in spite of the dangers, Pastor Davis made the journey, established Adventist work, and died soon afterward from fever. The story is powerful!

I grew up on mission stories like Singer on the Sand, Jungle Thorn, Nyla and the White Crocodile and Clever Queen. These books shaped my understanding of the mission God has given the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the world, and how we are called to go regardless of comfort, knowing we will discover God was at work before we get there. I encourage you to read a good mission story. Better yet, get a good storyteller to tell one as a continued story for 5-10 minutes each week at church for a three month quarter. You will help raise the world mission awareness of your congregation(s). And you might even build attendance! You can find any of these books either at www.adventistbookcenters.com or www.amazon.com or by doing a Google Advanced Search.

God is calling for men who are willing to leave their farms, their business, if need be their families, to become missionaries for Him. And the call will be answered. In the past there have been men who, stirred by the love of Christ and the needs of the lost, have left the comforts of home and the society of friends, even that of wife and children, to go into foreign lands, among idolaters and savages, to proclaim the message of mercy. Many in the attempt have lost their lives, but others have been raised up to carry on the work. Thus step by step the cause of Christ has progressed, and the seed sown in sorrow has yielded a bountiful harvest. The knowledge of God has been widely extended and the banner of the cross planted in heathen lands.” {Acts of the Apostles p. 370.1}

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