DON’T WAIT FOR IDEAL CONDITIONS
If we waited until conditions were ideal before we reached out to do the mission work of the church it would probably not be done. Two quotes from Ruth Tucker’s biographical survey of Christian missions illustrates the point. She is writing about William Carey, the ‘Father of Modern Missions,’ as follows: As busy as he was, Carey was unable to give his children the fathering they so desperately needed. Even when he was with them his easy-going nature stood in the way of firm discipline, a lack that was plainly exhibited in the boys’ behavior. In speaking of this situation, Hannah Marshman wrote, “The good man saw and lamented the evil but was too mild to apply an effectual remedy.” Fortunately, Mrs. Marshman stepped in. Had it not been for that dear woman’s stern reprimands and William Ward’s fatherly concern, the Carey boys would have gone entirely their own way. In 1807, at the age of fifty-one, Dorothy Carey…
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