Daily Topic for July 02, 2011

1 Thessalonians 1:5
…our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction.

The goal of world evangelization will never be achieved by the brilliance of human strategy, the wisdom of cultural adaptation, or the power and effort of human determination, although each of these elements has its place. Only God’s Spirit, moving and working in the hearts of each people group, will accomplish their evangelization. Yet He uses the available human resources that are yielded to His control.

Pray that every member of each missionary team (from the Western world to the developing World) will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in each situation as they seek to bear witness to Jesus Christ.

Missionary Biography, Continued

by Keith Carey

“I shall never forget it. Our room was filled with glory and I had a manifestation such as I had never realized before. The glory of God came down and so filled me that I felt the Holy Ghost from my head to the soles of my feet. I had a promise at that meeting that we are going to have thousands of souls.”
It was only a year into Pollard’s ministry when he had this experience at a prayer meeting that convinced him that the Lord would bring thousands of Miao people to saving faith in Christ. It didn’t happen for 16 years, but it was worth the wait!

In 1905, a people movement among the Flowery Miao thrust him into a new role. His job was to produce a Bible for this people group that did not even have an alphabet. Some thought that he should use a Latin script, while others thought he should use the Burmese alphabet. Eventually he created his own script based partly on the written language of the Cree Indians. This script that he came up with is called the Pollard script, and it is still used today when writing in the Flowery Miao language.

In 1915 at the age of 51 Samuel Pollard died of the flu. He is still remembered by the Flowery Miao as their spiritual ancestor.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Lord will raise up many people to take His Word to the unreached Miao and Hmong peoples of China.

Next day: Bua Hmong (hmong-Booah)

Previous day: Missionary Biography—Sam Pollard