Missions History: Oswald J. Smith

 

“Oh, to realize that souls, precious, never dying souls, are perishing all around us, going out into the blackness of darkness and despair, eternally lost, and yet to feel no anguish, shed no tears, know no travail! How little we know of the compassion of Jesus!”

-Oswald J. Smith

In November 1889, a son was born to a telegraph operator and his wife in rural Ontario. As a youngster, he was responsible to light the signal lamps on either side of the railway station. Little did he dream that, someday, God would use him to blaze the light of the gospel across the globe. 

His name was Oswald J. Smith, and this is his remarkable story.

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Missions History: John Gibson Paton

 
In a poor Scottish home in the early 1800s, a father led his family in prayer. One of his sons would later write, “How much my father’s prayers impressed me…he poured out his whole soul with tears for the conversion of the heathen world to the service of Jesus, and for every personal and domestic need…As we rose from our knees, I used to look at the light on my father’s face…hoping that, in answer to his prayers, I might be privileged and prepared to carry the blessed gospel to some portion of the heathen world.”
 

This son was named John Gibson Paton, and God would answer his father’s prayers.

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