Christianity is a missionary faith.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe

The Haystack Prayer Meeting

I recently read that “on an August afternoon in 1806, Samuel Mills and four of his college classmates trudged through Sloan’s Meadow in western Massachusetts to find a place to pray and discuss Christ’s command to go and preach the Gospel to all nations.  The five students’ intense discussions about the needs of unreached lands–especially China–overshadowed the rolling thunder of an approaching storm.  Suddenly the cloud broke over them with a torrent, and all of them raced the lightning, finding shelter at the side of a nearby haystack.  There amid a summer storm they prayed, committing themselves to taking the Gospel to the nations.  None of those young men were ever the same after that day–and neither was the Church in America!  American missions as a movement traces its birth to the Haystack Prayer Meeting.”

These five young college men were convinced they should, confident they could with the Lord’s help, committed they would go and make disciples. Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Christianity is a missionary faith.” Are you convinced that you should, confident that you can with the Lord’s help, and committed that you will serve God as a missionary wherever you are or wherever He leads?

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