Missions Sermon Illustrations

Missions Sermon Illustrations

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No Need to Revive Them

Mrs. Howard Taylor tells how Pastor Hsi taught his fellow villagers that there is no other God but God. Suspicious of him when he became a Christian, their respect for him grew as they noted his upright life, and when they required an official to collect the taxes, take care of the temple, and so on, they decided that he, a scholar and no longer an opium smoker, was the man. Before accepting, he made two stipulations: that he should have nothing to do with the temple sacrifices, but should pray only to the true God; and that no one in the village should, during his term, worship the gods in the temple or bring gifts to them. The temple must be closed for a year. Finally the citizens agreed, and Hsi prayed to the true God that the village might prosper. At the close of the year it was found that the affairs of the village had never been more prosperous, and Hsi was reelected. For three whole years the temple was closed. When congratulated on the service he had rendered, he smilingly replied that perhaps the village had been saved some needless expense, adding: "By this time the idols must be quite starved to death. Spare yourselves now any effort to revive them."Sunday School Times.

Why the Airmen Thanked God for Missionaries

Stanley W. Tefft, 25 years old, an aerial gunner from Toledo, Ohio, disclosed that Christian natives on a South Pacific island had won to Christ seven Navy airmen who had been shot down in combat with the Japanese. He said the natives had received the Gospel of Christ from American missionaries before the war. The gunner, at the Naval Air Station at Alameda, Calif., recuperating from wounds, said that with two companions, Lieut. Edward Peck and Radioman Jeff Scott, he reached the island on a raft after two and a half days at sea. Four others also were there. For the next 87 days they hid on the Japanese-occupied island, watched over by the natives, whose first act was to give them a Bible. Tefft said, "Every night the natives would gather round us, and we took turns reading the Bible. They sang songs which we knew. You can tell the world that I am now a devout Christian." Others may criticize missionary endeavor, but these airmen are praising God that America ever sent missionaries to the islands of the South Pacific.—Now.

The Unchurched in the U.S.A.

1900 ............................................ 41,000,0 00
1910 ............................................ 50, 000,000
1920 ............................................ 52,000,000
1930 ............................................ 66,000,000
1940 ............................................ 67,000,000
1950 ............................................ ? ? ?


Divine Orders

Dr. Robert P. Wilder, the founder, and for many years the dynamic head of the Student Volunteer Movement, once said:

"When I was working in India, I went to a place near Poona. On Saturday night, when I entered the hotel diningroom, I found seated at the same table with me a naval officer, an infantry major and his wife, and a sergeant major and his wife. When the conversation started, the naval officer said:

"'Why don't these missionaries stay at home, and mind their own business? You can get all the converts you want at a rupee a head.'

"I replied, `Suppose you were ordered to take your battleship to Constantinople tomorrow, and I was to ask you why you didn't stay here and mind your own business; that there was no sense in going to Constantinople.'

"The man's eyes flashed fire as he said, `I would tell you to mind your own business. If we are ordered to go, we must go, even if every ship is sunk, and every sailor killed.'

"I said to him, `Quite right, my friend; and I have marching orders from the Divine Government to go and preach the Gospel to every creature, and the primary question is whether I am going to obey the last command of my Lord.' "—Selected.

Business Rebukes Missions

I sat in. a missionary convention. A great Christian merchant arose and said: "I stood on the edge of one of the great Chinese provinces. I asked of my guide, `How many men are there beyond us who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ? Thirty million.' `But,' he said, 'we must go back. We are already in dangerous territory here. We must go back.' As I stood aside to bow my head and lift my heart in prayer for that great body of men and women without the message of the living Christ, I heard the creaking of one of the unspeakable Chinese wagons, and, as I turned, there passed the miserable vehicle drawn by a weather-beaten camel, driven by a weazened coolie, and loaded with cans of Standard Oil, while underneath there hung a crate of lamps marked "Made in Connecticut, U. S. A." We could send them lights for their homes, but we had not sent them light for their hearts.—The Exchange.

The "Reversed" Version

A missionary candidate was engaged in colportage work in the home land ere leaving for the foreign field. He called at a farm and was met at the door by an old lady. "May I sell you a Bible, madam?" he asked.

"My! Bless you!" she replied, "we have more Bibles now in this house than we use. We have the Old Testament Bible, the New Testament Bible, the Holy Bible, and besides we have the Reversed Version Bible also."

"True," thought the missionary, "it is this last mentioned Bible that is evidently read by most Christians. The Reversed Version! When the Word says `GO' they all with one accord stay at home. When it says `GIVE' and `SEND' the Gospel to all the world, they all seem to think it says, `Enough to do at home.'"—Alliance Tidings.

What Missionaries Have Done

Missionaries have translated the Bible into about seven-tenths of the world's speech.

Missionaries have done more than any one class to bring peace among savage tribes.

All the museums of the world have been enriched by the examples of the plants, animals, and products of distant countries collected by missionaries.

Missionaries were the first to give any information about the far interior of Africa. They have given the world more accurate geographical knowledge of that land than all other classes combined.

It is to missionary efforts that all South Sea literature is due; there is not a single case on record of the reduction to writing of a Polynesian language by another than a Christian worker.

The missionaries have expanded the world's commerce. The trade with the Fiji Islands in one year is more than the entire amount spent in fifty years in Christianizing them.—The United Evangelical.

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