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To The Call Of The Master They Answered, "I Will!"

    George Müller, Adoniram and Ann Judson, J. Hudson Taylor, John and Betty Stam, David Brainerd, Andrew Murray, David Livingstone, Samuel Morris--These names are known around the world as ordinary but dedicated men and women who surrendered their lives fully to God, answering His call along with Isaiah, "Here am I; send me!" To these readily available men and women God granted the privilege of being greatly used to advance His glorious Kingdom. While they lived in generations gone by, these saints have much to say to modern-day Christians who would be among those who take up their responsibility for today’s lost world.

    Brief, challenging accounts of the lives of the above men and women of God are compiled in the most recent Classic Book for Today presented by Herald of His Coming. It is titled "The ‘Hour’ Series," and is offered in magazine format. A few challenging remarks from the classic book follow.

    A. Sims, in his "Hour with George Müller," writes, "The crying need of the hour is faith--the faith of a George Müller! His faith was not a special kind of faith--it was not a miraculous faith. Says he, ‘My faith is the same kind of faith that all God’s children have had.’ How can we--you and I--increase our faith? If we could ask George Müller, he would answer on this wise: Be willing to pay the price..."

    T. W. Engstrom writes of Adoniram and Ann Judson, "Throughout all missionary annals, the story of Adoniram and Ann Judson, pioneer missionaries to India, stands out as a remarkable testimony to the way in which God can work through lives completely dedicated to His service. Their fortitude, faith in God and persevering spirit will prove challenging and inspirational to those who have and will follow in their footsteps as well as to all who love the cause of Christ and are interested in spreading the Gospel to the four corners of the globe."

    In writing of J. Hudson Taylor, Mr. Engstrom quotes Taylor, the "Father of the China Inland Mission," as saying, "Had I a thousand pounds, China should have them all. Had I a thousand lives, China should claim every one." How much a life of such consecration as that has to speak to us!

    Mr. Engstrom writes also the touching story of the young missionary couple, John and Betty Stam, who after a brief ministry laid down their lives for Christ in China. "May God be glorified whether by life or by death," John Stam wrote in a last communique to fellow missionaries, sent after the imprisonment that soon led to their deaths.

    Walter McCleary writes of David Brainerd, 18th century missionary to the American Indians, "He left no stone unturned in an effort to spread the Gospel...Preaching, visiting, praying, from house to house, the hours were used up. Losing his way in the wilderness, wandering over mountains and through swamps, exposed and pinched by the cold; these hardships, in his words, ‘serve to wean me from the earth.’" And we add, they contributed to his early death when only 29 years of age.

    Regarding Andrew Murray, Mr. McCleary begins his account as follows: "In front of an old and distinguished church in the city of Wellington in South Africa, there is a beautiful marble statue with the face toward the street. Drunken people, staggering to their wretched hovels, feared to pass that way home, for, said they, ‘the old minister will see us.’ They had respect even for his likeness in stone. Andrew Murray left behind a memory, the fragrance of which will never pass away...."

    Writing of David Livingstone, Mr. McCleary says, "Conditions are still a long way from perfection in this continent of Africa...but they are better than when this young Scottish missionary landed at Capetown in 1840. He then had a vision of an Africa converted to God, and the ideal still is alive....For years, his voice was as one crying in the wilderness. Eventually... he succeeded in bringing to his beloved Africans the opportunity that has long been ours of living and working out salvation in terms of Christian freedom."

    Concluding the classic book is the story of the beloved Samuel "Sammy" Morris. He began life in dark Africa as a heathen boy who knew nothing of God, and was eventually led by God to America, where his Spirit-filled life, full of the glory of God, forever changed many lives which he touched, from bishops of the church to fellow students at Taylor University. The story of his brief life is powerfully moving even to this day.  

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