Where ever the Christian wins the victory over selfishness and avarice and renounces the thought of centering his affections on this world as his home, there is developed world-conquering power. This call to self-denial and liberality comes to all who bear the name of Christ.

To not a few it will mean to go on to preach Christ where He has not been named.

To parents it will mean in many cases the giving up of children to the missionary service.

To all who are unable to become missionaries it will mean giving generously of their substance, whether their possessions be little or great. Those who cannot go to the front should, if at all possible, support one or more substitutes there.

Families should have their representatives on the foreign field.

Each congregation of one hundred or more members should have, if possible, at least two ministers— a home pastor and another holding forth the word of life in some unevangelized land.

If a Church cannot support its own missionary, two or more might unite for this purpose. This plan of having living links between the Christian communities at home and the mission fields is meeting with increasing favor.

Each congregation should be ambitious to have some of the choicest young men and women in its membership become missionaries. Think of the inheritance to the churches they represented of names like Carey, Livingstone, Judson and Martyii.

Rev. Hubert Brooke in a recent article tells of a church of 300 communicants in England which within the past decade had thirty-two of its members volunteer for foreign service of whom twenty have already gone to the field and three are in training. In other words, one in ten of the membership offered themselves and one in fourteen have actually gone out.

 John R Mott, The Evangelization of the Word in This Generation

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Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.

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