Missions History: John & Betty Stam

 

When the news about John and Betty Stam leaked out of China, it sent shock waves around the globe. The young missionary couple had only been in China two years before they were captured by the Communist Red Army. Their daughter, Helen Priscilla, was only 3 months old at the time. The brutality and atheism of the Communists were well known. What fate would they suffer at the hands of the Red Army?

What would happen to young missionaries John & Betty Stam?

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5 Ways to Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…” (Matthew 6:19-20)

With these words, Jesus taught a counter-cultural principle to His disciples. Instead of gathering wealth and treasures on earth, they were instructed to save treasures in Heaven. To do so, they would need to remember that they were just pilgrims on the earth. Money was a tool to be used, but not a treasure to be cherished. Looking forward to Heaven, they were to send their riches on ahead. And, as believers today, Jesus’ command is for us, too.

Here are 5 ways to lay up treasures in Heaven.

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Missions History: Samuel Zwemer

 

“The history of missions is the history of answered prayer. It is the key to the whole mission problem. All human means are secondary.” 

-Samuel Marinus Zwemer

In 1867, a Reformed Church pastor and his wife welcomed their thirteenth child. It was a son, and they named him Samuel. Just like the Biblical Samuel, his mother dedicated his life to the Lord’s work. As she placed tiny Samuel into his cradle, the mother whispered a prayer that he might someday become a missionary. Twenty-three years later, her prayers were answered when Samuel sailed for a foreign mission field. 

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