Daily Topic for September 03, 2010
Notice how well Evie and Jesse obeyed this exhortation, especially the part about persevering. It took many years to earn the trust of the people God sent them to, but it paid off! People began to see the love God had given this couple for them, and they finally understood.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give today’s missionaries sacrificial love for those they go to so that they will experience God’s love, and be drawn to Him.
Their first child, Paul, was born in 1914, and Evie soon found that having a baby made it easier for her to teach the women. And Evie had delivered a “man-child,” a sign of divine approval. Evie’s heart went out to the women. It was they who suffered most from disease and social injustice.
Evelyn Brand wrote that her husband was a constant marvel—“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 people had accepted Jesus as Savior.
In 1919 a great influenza epidemic struck. The local Hindu priest and his wife, who had so opposed the Brands and their religion, became very ill. They both died, but not before he declared, “Jesus is Lord.” Just before their death, they gave their baby girl to Evelyn. The hill people saw Evelyn nurse the baby and were deeply moved. The door to the hearts of the hill people was finally ajar!
Though Jesse Brand died of black water fever in 1929, his dream survived. Evelyn determined to carry the gospel forward; she often walked 25 miles a day to reach a hill village. For over 50 years, until her death in 1974 at 95 years of age, she continued her ministry to the hill people.—AL from “Granny Brand, Her Story,” by Dorothy Clarke Wilson, Christian Herald Books, 1976.
Pray for encouragement and perseverance for those working among unreached Hindus in southern India and Sri Lanka.