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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Missions History: Amy Carmichael

“It is great to be faced with the impossible, for nothing is impossible if one is meant to do it. Wisdom will be given, and strength. When the Lord leads, He always strengthens.”

The woman who wrote these inspiring words spoke from the crucible of experience. For over 50 years, Amy Carmichael served as a Anglican missionary in southern India. Through her ministry, hundreds of children were rescued from slavery in the Hindu temples. Her books have inspired Christians around the world to serve God—both in their Jerusalem and on the mission field. Amy’s writing also paved the way for legal reforms in India to protect children and outlaw prostitution. However, Amy’s life and ministry were marked by obstacles that seemed insurmountable. Sometimes, people at our church in North Sydney face difficult circumstances as well.

Here are just a few of the “impossible” obstacles that she overcame by God’s strength.

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