Genesis 18:21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. 22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord.
When a young couple were bidding farewell to their home church as they were about to leave for an African field known as “The White Man’s Grave,” the husband said, “My wife and I have a strange dread in going. We feel much as if we were go- ing into a pit.
We are willing to take the risk and go if you, our home circle, will promise to hold the ropes.” One and all promised.
Less than two years passed when the wife and the little one God had given them succumbed to the dreadful fever. Soon the husband realized his days, too, were numbered. Not waiting to send word home of his coming he started back, and arrived home at the hour of the Wednesday prayer meeting. He slipped in unnoticed, taking aback seat.
At the close of the meeting he went forward. An awe came over the people, for death was written on his face. He said, “I am your missionary. My wife and child are buried in Africa, and I have come home to die. This evening I listened anxiously as you prayed, for some mention of your missionary to see if you were keeping your promise, but in vain!
You prayed for everything connected with yourselves and your home church, but forgot your missionary. Perhaps that lack of interest here in no small measure accounts for the apparent failure of our term abroad.”