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.