Daily Topic for October 03, 2008
The Lord’s instructions to Joshua were very clear: “Do it My way, just like I told Moses.” Hundreds of years later, Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission (now the Overseas Missionary Fellowship), likewise affirmed, “God’s work done in God’s way will not lack God’s supply.” Not only are God’s presence and power essential for success in His work, but we must also work according to God’s revealed will. It is easy to fall into the trap of substituting human wisdom and understanding for obedience to God’s Word.
Pray that the Lord will protect you from trying to work in your own way, depending on your own wisdom and experience. Pray for His ways to be made clear to you.
When their first child, Paul, was born to the Brands, Evelyn found that it made it easier to teach the women. In the eyes of these Hindu women, delivering a man-child was a sign of divine approval for Evelyn. She wrote that her husband was “not only a saint, but a genius.” The hill men gladly accepted his wisdom and help, but not his religion. Nevertheless, resistance began to crumble, and by the early 1920s over 30 had accepted Jesus as Savior.
Earlier, in 1919, a great influenza epidemic had reached the isolated hills of South India. The local priest and his wife, who had so opposed the Brands and their religion, became very ill. They both died, he repeating the words Yesu-swami, which means “Jesus is Lord.” Just beforehand, they gave their baby girl to Evelyn, who named her Ruth. The hill people came to watch Evelyn tenderly nurse this baby, and were deeply and visibly moved. The door to the hearts of the hill people was finally ajar!
Though Jesse Brand died of blackwater fever in 1929, his dream survived. Evelyn determined to carry the gospel to the inhabitants of all five mountain ranges of South India. She often walked 25 miles a day to reach a hill village, and for over 50 years, until her death in 1974 at 95 years of age, she continued her ministry to the hill people, nursing, teaching and preaching.-AL from Granny Brand, Her Story, by Dorothy Clarke Wilson, Christian Herald Books, 1976.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to raise up dedicated workers this very year.