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I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages, where no missionary has ever been

January 12, 2010

In 1839, after years of service in South Africa, the famous missionary Robert Moffat returned to Scotland to recruit helpers. When he arrived at the church one cold wintry night, he was dismayed that only a small group had come out to hear him. What bothered him even more was that the only people in attendance were ladies. Although he was grateful for their interest, he had hoped to challenge men. He had chosen as his text Proverbs 8:4, “Unto you, O men I call.” Moffat had one stirring challenge in his message: “I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages, where no missionary has ever been.” Moffat felt frustrated as he gave the message, for he realized that very few women could be expected to undergo the rigorous life in undeveloped jungles. In his discouragement Moffat almost failed to notice one young man assisting the organist. That young man was deeply moved by the challenge and heard the call of God. The following year, David Livingstone, that young man who had heard Robert Moffat’s challenge and God’s call, sailed to Africa. For the next thirty- three years, he ministered in the interior of Africa to villages where no missionary had ever been before.

John Mark Ministries

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