Daily Topic for January 01, 2011

Exodus 4:13
But Moses said, “Oh Lord, please send someone else to do it.”

Though Moses eventually submitted to God, he was reluctant to do so. Was it because Moses had much to lose? Hardly. All he was doing was herding someone else’s livestock. Perhaps it was because of the mess he made earlier, trying to liberate the Hebrew people in his own way (see Exodus, chapter 2). Moses did not yet understand that God would provide a divine way, and that he was part of this plan.

Pray that today’s Christians will understand God’s direction.

Biography Earl and Helena Dix

by AL

Earl Dix had no intention of ever being a missionary. He wanted to raise cattle, like his father. But he also had a deep desire to know about God and His Word, so he decided to go to Bible school when he was 24.

When Earl left for Moody Bible Institute, he thought he had plenty of money in the bank. Then came the stock market crash in October of 1929. Earl learned that his bank did not have even the funds to honor the check he had written for his tuition. He had to scrub floors to pay for his keep. But in that job he met Bill Pratt, a fellow student already accepted as a missionary candidate by the Africa Inland Mission (AIM).

One day, the two were scrubbing the floor of an office that had a picture of an African village on the wall. Earl remarked casually, “Maybe someday I’ll go to Africa and see a village like that.” It would be fun to go as a tourist, he thought. Bill either misunderstood his intentions or perhaps recognized God’s call on Earl’s life. “Why don’t you stop in and see Mr. Gaylord, the chairman of the Chicago committee of the Africa Inland Mission,” he suggested. Earl tried to forget Bill’s suggestion, but something inside kept prodding. Finally, just to have peace of mind, Earl went to the AIM office, intending merely to ask for information. But the secretary made an appointment for him to see Mr. Gaylord.

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Pray that the Lord will give potential missionaries faith and direction.

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