Daily Topic for July 01, 2011

Philemon 6
I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.

It has been observed that only when we share the gospel across cultural barriers can we fully comprehend the gospel message ourselves. When we see the truths of the gospel through the eyes of another culture, those truths come alive for us in a new way. Sharing our faith with another people group forces us to examine what in our worship must be universal and what is only cultural. Perhaps the confusion which pervades so many of our churches about the content of the gospel message is due to our failure to seriously share this message with other groups.

Pray that a frontier missions priority in our churches will result in our greater understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.

Missionary Biography—Sam Pollard

by Keith Carey

Does God call children to follow in the footsteps of their parents? Or does He call each child independently? In the case of Samuel Pollard, he was blessed to have a wonderful Christian family. Samuel was born in 1864 in Camelford England to a devoted Christian couple who preached for the Bible Christian Church, a Methodist-based denomination. Young Samuel put his faith in Christ when he was 11 years old. He thought that he wanted a career in the civil service, but God had other plans for him. At a conference in 1885 Samuel was convinced that the Lord wanted him to be a missionary. Two years later he sailed for China with the China Inland Mission. Pollard took language study before beginning his work in the city of Kunming in Yunnan Province in southwestern China. Initially Pollard did evangelism and compassion ministries such as establishing schools and intervening on behalf of Miao people who were being taken advantage of by government officials and landlords. In 1891 he began work in a Bible Christian Church mission station where he married another missionary, Emmie Hainge.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Lord will help would-be missionaries to settle for nothing less than total dedication to His path for their lives.

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