Daily Topic for January 01, 2012
For the past 2,000 years, the gospel has been available to be preached, but the workers have been few. Many breakthroughs in technology and transportation have now made it possible to get this life-changing message to more people. Ships, airplanes, films, radio, and the Internet are all great tools, but many people groups are still unreached. Do we have any excuse to withhold this great message? Or is it just a lack of concern?
Pray that we will do what it takes to give God’s Word to those unreached nations who deserve a chance to enter His Kingdom.
Thirteen-year-old Rowland Bingham joined his siblings in a bedroom where his father lay dying. The father said, “I am going to my Savior in heaven. I want each of you to promise me that you will meet me in heaven someday.” Each child gave their promise.
After the funeral, the family learned that all their father’s money had somehow been put in a trust that could not be touched for 21 years! Rowland would need to get a job to help support the family. He set out to earn money as a student teacher nine miles from home in Kent, England. While there he attended a Salvation Army church and finally went forward and gave his life to Christ, something his mother did not approve of, since she felt that church “was much too undesirable for a son of hers to attend.”
At age 16, Rowland decided to go to Canada where he again linked up with the Salvation Army. He met John Salmon, the “father” of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Canada. Salmon suggested Rowland needed more training. So he invited Roland to be his assistant and live with him and his family. Through this contact Rowland found himself at twenty years of age on his way to Africa. He committed himself to serving in the interior of the Sudan where few missionaries had gone. Those who did go soon retreated or died of disease.
Pray for a Holy Spirit directed courage for today’s Sudan Interior Mission missionaries.