Daily Topic for December 02, 2011

Acts 17:11
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

The Bereans were eager to find truth, and they knew that God’s Word is truth. Today we are reading about a missionary who was searching for Bereans. He looked for believers in the West who would understand that God’s Word clearly states that we must take Christ’s Kingdom to all nations. Later, he went to Muslims in Egypt and tried to convince them that Jesus is the true way to salvation. He used Bible-based literature in these efforts.

Pray for God to move among Egyptian Muslims to be “Bereans” in the sense that they will eagerly search the Scriptures and find them to be true.

Missionary Biography, Continued

by AL

“We will never rouse the students for a massive missionary outreach unless we flood them with facts,” Thornton reflected. He set out to write a missionary study. The resulting book, Africa Waiting, was widely used, not only among students, but also in churches and among church members.
He realized that one of the problems in Africa was the problem of Islam, for it denied Jesus as the King. Not only did he decide that he himself must go to North Africa, but he felt that he should go to the very center of the Muslim world, Cairo, Egypt. He offered himself for this field in 1897, was ordained the next year in St. Paul’s Cathedral, and sailed for Egypt a few months later. Before leaving, he became engaged to Miss Elaine Anderson, and they married in Cairo.
The Church Missionary Society had a bookstore in the center of Cairo. Thornton saw in it a means of making personal contact with Muslims. So he shifted the shelves around, added some furniture, and every night welcomed men from the street into his reading room. There he not only gave them books to read, but discussed with them any questions they had. He quoted from a Muslim tract widely distributed in Cairo, which fiercely attacked Christianity. He commented, “They understand the importance of the literature idea.” So in 1904 he was given permission to start publication of pamphlets and books.

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Pray that many who have spiritual questions during the current crisis in the Arabic speaking world will find answers in the Bible.

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