When you set up the seven lamps in the lampstand, place them so their light shines forward . . . Numbers 8:2 NLT
Missionaries Jonathan and Rosalind Goforth arrived in China in March 1888. Their assignment to open a new field in the northern section of Honan province was a daunting one. The young couple struggled to learn the language, adjust to the climate and raise a large family in primitive surroundings. They met many discouraging challenges, including the death of a child.
One day a letter arrived from Hudson Taylor, then a pioneer with China Inland Missions.
“We understand North Honan is to be your field; we, as a mission have tried for ten years to enter that province from the south, and have only just succeeded. It is one of the most anti-foreign provinces in China . . . if you would enter that province, you must go forward on your knees.”
The Goforths took Taylor’s advice. With persistence and prayer, they mastered the language. People began responding to their message of a loving Christ. A female convert filled their need of an assistant Bible teacher for women.
Through births, deaths, danger and hardship they moved forward. Rosalind Goforth wrote, “One of the blessed results of this life is not only the consciousness of Christ’s presence but the reality of His presence as manifested in definite results when, in the daily details of life, matters are left with Him and He has undertaken.”(1)
The same ‘reality of His presence’ that kept these missionaries moving forward over a century ago is available to you. God’s light leads forward. Follow Him.
(1) How I Know God Answers Prayer, Rosalind Goforth, Bethel Publishing