Key Words: Pray for us
The following story was told by a missionary as he and his wife were leaving for a part of Africa known as “the white man’s grave.”
“’My wife and I have a strange dread about going. We feel much as if we are going down into a pit. We are willing to take the risk and go if you, our home circle, will promise to hold the ropes.’ One and all promised. Less than two years passed when the wife and the little one God had given them succumbed to the dreaded fever. Soon the husband realized his days, too, were numbered. Not waiting to send word home of his coming, he started back home at once and arrived at the hour of the Wednesday prayer meeting. He slipped in unnoticed, taking a back seat. At the close of the meeting he went forward. An awe came over the people, for death was written on his face. He said, ‘I am your missionary. My wife and child are buried in Africa and I have come home to die. This evening I listened anxiously as you prayed for some mention of your missionary to see if you were keeping your promise, but in vain! You prayed for everything connected with yourselves and your home church, but forgot your missionary. I see now why I am a failure as a missionary. It is because you have failed to hold the ropes.’”
What to do:
✞ Hold the ropes! Pray for our missionaries: Simon and Elizabeth Jacobs to Pakistan; and Bruce and Jeanne Rice to the Philippines.
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