On this day in 1822, Daniel Temple set sail from Boston to the small island of Malta in the Mediterranean, taking with him his new wife (they had only been married a month) and a printing press. Temple intended to go to the areas of Turkey and Syria, but the political climate in these areas proved to be to dangerous for him to work in. So he decided to settle in Malta for a short time, where he would prepare to work in the surrounding areas by printing a large number of tracts and books for distribution. From his base in Malta, he printed and sent material all over the region, from Malta to Turkey to Syria. And whenever he could, he traveled to areas where his literature was distributed and would teach and help the believers there. In Malta, he began several schools to help the people learn to read the literature and churches to help the people grow spiritually. Temple’s labor in Malta was not without it’s trials. In 1827, just five years into his work, he lost his beloved wife and two children.
American Missionary Memorial by H.W. Pierson
On this day in 1851, Henry Venn, secretary of the Church Missionary Society, made a public appeal for the missionary work in Africa. Venn saw that there were advances being made along the western coast and the southern tip of the continent. But up to that point, only two missionaries had dared to venture the Eastern shore. Venn was concerned with this lack of vision and work. During his public appeal, he made this statement, “If Africa is to be penetrated by European missionaries, it must be from the east coast.” Henry Venn’s appeal, influence, and passion helped to spark a movement to capture the eastern coast of Africa. Though it was slow in the coming, Venn continued to work hard and, in twenty years, the CMS had started several strong works, especially in the country of Uganda. In 1875, a letter was put in several British newspapers to raise funds for the work. In just a few months, more than 24,000 pounds, or about $3 million dollars in today’s equivalent, was raised. The work done in East Africa was possibly the greatest movement done by the CMS. It was Henry Venn who first emphasized and talked about establishing indigenous churches that were self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating. He claimed that the only way the native churches could have integrity and grow is if they were lead and supported by nationals with the right training. For an Englishman who lived in the midst of English colonialism, the fact that he pushed for native leadership without a missionaries oversight and control was unheard of and pretty radical! The governments in most of the mission fields weren’t even indigenous and self-supporting. But Venn realized the importance of the nationals leading their own churches.
The Story of Africa and it’s Explorers By: Robert Brown
On this day in 1859, Charles Spurgeon expressed his desire to always be stretching out to do more for the Lord Jesus in a sermon at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens. We are never to be satisfied.
I hope I shall never, while I live, cease to have another project always in hand. When one thing is done, we will do something else. If we have tried to make ministers more diligent in preaching, we must try to make the churches more earnest in praying. When we have built our new chapel, we must build something else; we must always have something in hand. If I have preached the gospel in England, it must be my privilege to preach it beyond the sea; and when I have preached it there, I must solicit longer leave of absence that I may preach it in other countries, and act as a missionary throughout the nations.—C. H. S., in sermon at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens,
Spurgeon, C. H. (2009). C. H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography, Compiled from his diary, letters, and records, by his wife and his private secretary: Volume 2, 1854-1860 (353). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
On this day in 1914, Rachel Saint was born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. She was the sister of Nate Saint, on of the five young men who were killed by the Auca Indians. After the murder of her brother, Rachel felt a responsibility to continue the work that he started. So, in 1959, Rachel and Elizabeth Eliot, the wife of Jim Eliot, moved in among the tribes that killed their loved ones and continued the work that they had started. The forgiveness and love in the hearts of these women accomplished powerful things for God!
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