Daily Topic for October 02, 2009

Exodus 18: 21
"But select capable men from all the people-men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain-and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens."

God was giving Moses some sound principles for selecting leaders for the new nation of Israel. In order to be a light to the world rather than a disgrace, they had to demonstrate holiness. Justice was in short supply in that time period. If there was one nation that demonstrated true justice, the others would stand up and take notice, and God would be glorified.

Pray that the Lord will raise up trustworthy men and women who fear God and hate dishonest gain to lead Bangladesh. Pray that the entire nation will soon see God’s ways put into practice, and He will be glorified as a result.

Missionary Biography-Carey, continued

(Continued from yesterday) The senior pastor retorted, “Young man, if God intends to save the heathen, He will do so without your help or mine!” Carey was not thwarted by this public rebuke. At the urging of a friend he wrote down his concerns in a booklet called, An Enquiry into the Obligation of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen. He answered the typical arguments of his day against mission outreach and summarized the historical progress of missionary work since Pentecost. It included a careful survey of the world as it was then known. This landmark study was sensible and persuasive, a cornerstone document for a new wave of Protestant mission outreach.

In 1792, along with 13 local pastors, Carey formed the “Particular Baptist Society for Propagating the Gospel Among the Heathen.” He volunteered to go to India as one of the board’s first missionaries.

The Carey family set sail in 1793 with no visas, no work permits and no money! During the first year of ministry in Bengal, almost no financial support came from the mission board. So Carey took a job as factory foreman. He found it ideal for learning Bengali and witnessing. After hours he worked on translating the Bible.

In 1800 the Carey family moved to Serampore, near Kolkata. There Joshua Marshman and William Ward joined him. The three men, with their families, lived together as members of the Serampore Mission.

Pray for today’s Christian leaders to get in line with God’s agenda.-AL

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