Daily Topic for February 02, 2008
Once again we find a prophet faithfully proclaiming doom to the sinful children of Israel, but in the midst of judgment we hear God calling, “Give Me all your hearts” (2:12). We see His desire to miraculously save them (2:20-27). There is judgment, too, for the nations that harmed Israel. Yet God promised to pour out His Spirit on them also if they would only call upon His Name.
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving mankind so much that in the midst of judgment You still offer salvation. Give us that same kind of love. Use us to bring salvation and healing to the peoples of the earth.
(Continued from yesterday)
When the Johnsons applied to the German Church Missionary Society for service on the mission field, the couple impressed the committee favorably, though they were new converts and untrained. After receiving basic instruction, they were asked if they would go to a place where no one else was willing to go: Hogbrook in Sierra Leone. Most of the inhabitants had escaped from slave ships.
The Johnsons arrived in Sierra Leone in 1816, claiming a special promise God had given them, “I will bring the blind by a way that they know not.”
At the school to which they were assigned, he found 1,500 released slaves waiting to be taught. Many were actually starving, so his first job was to supply food for them. Johnson put into cultivation part of the 12 acres where the school stood, and within a year this provided almost all the food for the school. Though he had been sent to teach and was not commissioned nor ordained to preach, he felt he must give the people the gospel. He built a stone church in Hogbrook, now called Regent’s Town, which could accommodate 500, and within a month it was too small to hold all the people. At times the church was filled with as many as 1200 people.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord will raise up others who will go to West Africa with a spirit of serving and giving to people who have been abused by the greed of mankind.-AL (Continued tomorrow)