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The Amazing Annie Armstrong

by Stephanie Colman |

Famous Missionaries

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Ever consider doing missions work, but think that you aren’t cut out for it or afraid of traveling to some far away destination? Well think again. The amazing Annie Armstrong was just your average everyday Christian with a heart for serving God.

Annie Armstrong or “Miss Annie” as she was known lived from 1850-1938, a time in which being a woman wasn’t as easy and open for opportunities as it is now. She wrote tirelessly in support of missions – letters, leaflets, mission publications, and more. She also traveled extensively within the United States speaking about missions. She was always encouraging Christians and churches to support missions through donations, prayer, and becoming missionaries in their everyday lives and beyond. Annie Armstrong was fundamental in organizing the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) and served as the first corresponding secretary. She also was one of the founding mothers of the Woman’s Baptist Home Mission Society of Maryland where she served as the first president.

Annie Armstrong served in her local church by teaching the infant class for over 30 years. Her rallying cry was “Go Forward!” She also served as a missionary to Native Americans providing needed supplies and clothing along with sharing her faith and love for God, but this wasn’t her only missionary experience. She was a missionary each and every moment of every day. Race, culture, age, status – these did not matter to “Miss Annie” anyone she met was an opportunity for her to be a missionary.

In close I would like to leave you with an inspirational quote by the amazing Annie Armstrong, “The future lies all before us…shall it only be a slight advance upon what we usually do? Ought it not to be abound, a leap forward, to altitudes of endeavor and success undreamed of before?”
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To find out which famous missionary you are most like, take the quiz, Which Famous Missionary Are You Most Like?

Famous Missionary: Hudson Taylor

by Carol Grace |

Famous Missionaries

dsonHudson Taylor was an amazing missionary to China. He was what you call an “all or nothing” type of a guy. When he went to China, he wanted to fit in so badly that he adopted Chinese dress, dyed his hair, and even wore a ponytail. Also, to prove his faith in God’s provision, he determined not to take a salary and never to ask for money. He believed that he should just put his trust completely in God. One of his favorite sayings was

“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.”

As a kid, Hudson was raised as a Christian but totally gave up his faith until he was 17. After that, he was all in. Once during church, he got so mad that everyone was singing happily about their salvation while so many were perishing that he walked right out of the service.

By the end of Hudson’s life, he was responsible for bringing over 800 missionaries to the China which directly resulted in 18,000 Christian conversions.

So… what do you think God might have in store for YOUR future?

To read more visit http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/bios/b3hudsoneu.htm, or purchase his biography at Amazon.com.

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Famous Missionaries: Brother Andrew

by admin |

Famous Missionaries

brother andrewBrother Andrew is a famous missionary who smuggled Bibles all over the world to closed countries where it is illegal to preach the gospel. He was fearless. His biggest prayer when entering a country is that God would “make the seeing eyes blind” so that he wouldn’t get caught. Once he went so far as to secretly join a communist youth organization just so he could stay in the country.

Brother Andrew was brave and bold. He faced daily dangers and hardships. But he wasn’t always working for God.

As a kid, Brother Andrew would constantly sneak out of church and was famous for his pranks. When he got older, he joined the army and killed anyone he thought was being rebellious. He was famous for wearing a bright yellow hat and running around yelling, “shoot me if you can.” He finally did get shot in the ankle. Eventually, while in recovery, he gave his life to God and later experienced a miraculous healing of his foot.

Even though he was rejected by Bible school, he didn’t let that stop him.

After the fall of Communism, Andrew shifted his focus to the Middle East and has even preached to alleged Palestinian terrorists. Brother Andrew has been responsible for starting a mission that has sent Bibles and the Word of God to over 60 “closed” countries.

So, no matter what your background, God can use you to make a difference for Him. What do you think He might have in store for YOUR future?

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To find out more you can read this article at hyperhistory.net, or go to Brother Andrew’s ministry website at Open Doors USA.

Open Doors is an international non-profit ministry which supports and strengthens persecuted Christians. Open Doors works in over 45 countries worldwide. Open Doors’ outreach includes Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development, prayer and presence ministry and advocacy for the persecuted.

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Take the Quiz Which Famous Missionary Are You Most Like? 

How to Reach India – From Someone who Knows

by Beverly Cooper |

Famous Missionaries, India, Strategy

revolution in world missionsEver wondered the best way to reach certain countries?  Well, it seems like the people who live there might be the ones to ask. 

K. P. Yohannan grew up in a small village in southern India and accepted Jesus at age 8.  He is the author of “Revolution in World Missions” and is a life-long missionary. Yohannan is well known for his passion for spreading the Good News of Christ to the peoples of Asia. Yohannan credits the prayers and fasting of his mother with the heavy influence missions now has on his life.

When you read K. P.’s writings from any of his many books, you can’t help but understand the love he has for his country. One of Yohannan’s approaches applies his belief in the importance of Indian people hearing this message from other Indians. He believes that it is easier to convince Indians of who Christ is, if the messenger is one of their nationality.

Yohannan doesn’t discourage missionaries of other races or nationalities, but promotes the training of those men and women from India, who feel called to this assignment. K. P.’s belief was so strong that in 1979 he resigned from his pastoral position in America to work full time in missions. Through his work thousands of missionaries in 11 countries have been trained to minister to those needy and suffering in the world.

One of the trademark teachings of Yohannan is that the physical needs of the people must be met, if one hopes to have them listen to the message. So a large part of this work requires funding to provide such things as food, water, clothing to potential hearers of the Gospel. Yohannan’s philosophy is that one would have to ministerto the body in order to focus on the soul.

To read a copy of Yohannan’s book, “Revolution in World Missions,” you can purchase it at Amazon.com along with his many other books, as well.

Betsey Stockton – All Things are Possible

by Stephanie Colman |

Famous Missionaries

Ethipian Woman PrayingHave you ever considered the obstacles that were overcome by some missionaries in the past? Betsey Stockton is one of those missionaries that did not let obstacles stop her from achieving her goals.

Betsey Stockton was born a slave in Princeton, New Jersey. She was given as a gift by her slave owner to his daughter and son-in-law upon their marriage. The home that she entered as a gift was probably one of the greatest blessings of her life, considering her circumstances. The Reverend Ashbel Green was the President of Princeton University and as such promoted reading and intellectual endeavors. Betsey was even allowed to attend evening classes at the Princeton Theological Seminary. The more that she learned the more her heart was burdened to share her faith. Betsey Stockton expressed her heart’s desire to become a missionary, and her owners granted her with the gift of freedom.Inflatable Ball

(What the Reverend did to free Betsey was a commendable counter-culture move, but we can’t help note the sad facts that slavery was so common in his society, and that he, himself, had a slave in the first place.)

Betsey became a member of the American Board of Commissions for Foreign Missionaries and was assigned a mission in Maui, Hawaii. Betsey Stockton was the first overseas single American woman missionary. There, she pressed to not only educate the missionary children and the chief’s children but the common children as well. Betsey believed that everyone had the right to be taught and learn. When she was granted permission to do so, she learned the Hawaiian language and established a school where she taught English, Algebra, Latin and History. After Betsey returned to Princeton she continued her missionary ways, leaving to teach Native American children in Canada and then black children in Philadelphia.

If a woman who began life as a slave can achieve such wonderful things through the grace of God, what is possible for us now in this age of opportunity?

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Missions may require disappointing others plans

by Athelda Ensley |

Famous Missionaries

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Margaret Engle

Margaret Engle was an ordinary girl born in Industry, Pennsylvania in 1895. At the age of 15 she met her first missionary, and the course of her life was set in motion. The spark and desire for spreading the Gospel to the world were planted. A good friend of hers, a missionary, challenged Margaret to seek God’s plan for her life through prayer. Engle did just that, but did not see the fulfillment of this plan for years. She went on to college at Penn State pursuing a degree in teaching.

Almost everyone who knew her had expectations of what Margaret’s life would amount to. What she experienced is probably what a lot of potential missionaries face. There are people in their lives who have other plans for them. But God’s plans and purposes have to be the most important. Through unexpected events and an invitation to join a friend in Africa, Engle ended up on the other side of the world, far away from home and familiar trappings.

Eventually she settled in a town near Mount Kilimanjaro where she ended up teaching African children. The skills she had acquired in America and her love of teaching were used, but in a different way and in a different place.

Trust in God requires our faith to be engaged! Margaret had no idea what God would do in her life, but she trusted Him. The seed planted long ago was brought to fruition. Her courage to place her trust in God may have caused others concern, but Engle’s heart was fixed. Margaret would also go on to meet her husband in Africa, Tom Marsh a widower at the time. The two, worked as missionaries in the continent for the majority of their marriage.

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QUIZ: Which Famous Missionary Are You Most Like?

by Melissa Chang |

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question mark Introducing our newest quiz!

Which Famous Missionary Are You Most Like? 

Will it be someone who hacked through jungles, saved babies, braved dangers, smuggled Bibles, or reached the unreachable?

Take the quiz to find out now which famous missionary YOU most resemble!

Click Here and get started.

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Passion for the Lost – Lottie Moon

by Stephanie Colman |

China, Famous Missionaries

“I would I had a thousand lives that I might give them to …    China!”

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Do you have a passion for reaching the lost? Do you strive to take that extra step to reach your goals? Lottie Moon was just such a person who became a very influential figure in missionary history.Lottie Moon was born in 1840 and died in 1912. She was well educated receiving one of the first Master’s degrees awarded to a woman in the South. Edmonia Moon, Lottie’s sister, became a missionary to Tengchow, China in 1872 and the following year Lottie followed in her footsteps as a missionary to China also. During her life she spent almost 40 years on the mission field in China. She began her time in China as a teacher but soon this was not enough for Lottie. She had a heart for evangelism and for reaching the lost especially in China but also on other international mission fields. She wrote many letters urging Southern Baptists to give to missions or to become missionaries themselves.

“How many million more souls are to pass into eternity without having heard the name of Jesus?”

chinese dragonThis was the question Lottie Moon posed often in her writing especially when pressing for more giving of both money and self to the missionary cause in China. Lottie was so instrumental in organizing and urging for the collection of funds for international missions that in 1918 the Woman’s Missionary Union named their Christmas offering designated for international missions the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

We now know that Lottie’s question of “how many million more souls” was indeed a good question. Current estimates place the number of people in China alone that have no access to the gospel at almost 200 million. If Lottie Moon was still alive I am sure she would be asking you – wont you go, can’t you give to help save just one more soul?

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William Carey – More than just a Shoemaker

by Stephanie Colman |

Famous Missionaries

william carey shoemakerWould you believe it possible for a shoemaker to become a missionary and Bible translator? God has a plan for each of His children, and once we give over our lives to Him miraculous things can happen in His name.

William Carey was born in England in 1761 to a weaver’s family. He became a shoemaker’s apprentice, then a schoolmaster, and then a Baptist pastor. By age 21 he had mastered the languages of Latin, Italian, Hebrew, and Greek all the while practicing his trade of shoemaker and also pastor.

William Carey believed that “If it be the duty of all men to believe the Gospel … then it be the duty of those who are entrusted with the Gospel to endeavor to make it known among all nations.” William Carey surrendered to missions with the cry of, “Here am I; send me!” One of the biggest problems that he faced was getting to the missions field as there were no missionary societies or even much interest in missions at all at the time.

The Enquiry Into the Obligations of the Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen was written by William Carey and is considered to by many to be a masterpiece on missions. In 1792 he and a group of fellow missions minded people were successful in beginning a missionary society – the Baptist Missionary Society. This society then allowed William Carey to begin his foreign missionary career to India in 1793.

William Carey spent 41 years on the mission field in India where he saw many conversions for Christ. He ended up translating the Bible into Bengali, Sanskrit, and numerous other languages and dialects, and he is known as the “father of modern missions.” His most famous quote by far is:

“Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God.”

If we all had but a fraction of the desire to reach the lost that William Carey had, then imagine the difference that could be made towards reaching the lost!

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Dr. Livingstone I Presume?

by Stephanie Colman |

Africa, Famous Missionaries

African Tribal MaskHave you ever considered the lengths that some missionaries have gone for their passion to reach the lost? While exploring and discovering the interior of a “Dark Continent” isn’t an option today, there are still people that have never heard about salvation to be found. David Livingstone was one of the great missionary explorers of the past.

“Death alone will put a stop to my efforts!” is a famous and powerful quote of missionary David Livingstone. David Livingstone’s life spanned the years from 1813 and his birth in Scotland to 1873 and his death in Africa. From simple and difficult beginnings David Livingstone persevered and in 1840 he was ordained and received his medical diploma. While waiting to travel to China to become a missionary he met Dr. Robert Moffat who was a missionary to Africa, Dr. Moffat said that “I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been” in Africa. Immediately Dr. Livingstone decided he would go to Africa instead to be a missionary.

He began his work at Dr. Moffat’s missionary station and then he began traveling deeper into the heart of Africa. Dr. Livingstone found that his medical skills provided him with many opportunities to share his faith and were a great benefit to his missionary work. One of his many great missionary works might be considered his time spent with Chief Sechéle who eventually became a convert even though his faith brought him many trials with his tribe. Dr. Livingstone explored much of Africa sharing his faith as he went. Indeed it was only in death that Dr. Livingstone stopped exploring and sharing the gospel. While Dr. Livingstone chose Africa to serve as a missionary his strength of conviction to share God with the lost can be a testimony to us all in our everyday lives.

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