Friday

Danger, Death, Devotion

Walter Gowan, Rowland Bingham, Tom Kent, Sudan missionaries
Because no mission organizations would sponsor work in the dangerous African Sudan in 1893, Tom, Walter, and Rowland went on their own. 

Within a year, Tom and Walter were dead from diseases contracted during failed attempts to reach remote villages with the Gospel. 

Does this seem a useless loss of life?

Walter Gowan wrote these words when dying:
"Well, glory to God, He has enabled me to make a hard fight for the Sudan, and although it may seem like a total failure and defeat, it is not. We shall have the victory. I have no regret for undertaking this  venture, and in this manner my life has not been thrown away." *

Rowland Bingham, the only survivor of the three, devoted the remainder of his life to setting up a network of missions in the Sudan. 

In dying or living, obedience to God is never wasted. 
* Rowland Bingham, Into Africa's Interior, YWAM Christian Heroes series, page 72
While I recommend this book in the YWAM Christian Heroes series, I do not recommend all of the books in this series.

2 comments:

  1. That is beautiful faith! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. obedience to God is never wasted.

    amen. now ... to live that out!

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