“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
A friend posted a missionary story on Facebook today, and I just have to make some notes about it because I spotted a name in the article: Adoniram Judson.
From Bible classes back in school, my son and I have learned about Adoniram Judson, the American missionary called by God to preach the Gospel in Myanmar (then Burma). About two hundred years later, a Burmese pastor showed up in one of the previous churches we attended. When we asked who he was, the missions pastor told us that the visitor was a descendent of one of the men who was preached to by Adoniram Judson, got saved, and started replicating churches in 19th century Burma. I was floored because there was a man whose ancestors knew Adoniram Judson. And to this day, there are churches in Myanmar because Adoniram faithfully answered the call of God.
Now today I read this article about another mission field on another continent, and found out that the same missions agency that Judson started in 1814 was also the same agency that sent William Leslie, a 20th century missionary, to Congo in Africa in 1912. He went all over Congo, preaching and teaching the Bible to anyone who would listen. The article said that he thought he failed. Almost 100 years later, Christians who went back to that part of the world discovered thriving churches in the area where Leslie had preached the Gospel. History revealed that Leslie’s work was not in vain.
Indeed, God’s Word never returns void. This is an encouragement to me, actually, as a Christian author who writes all these books that I have written (and there are more books to write, Lord willing), wondering every now and then whether anybody will read my books, whether more Christians would be encouraged in their walk with the Lord, whether people will get saved (because I present the Gospel message in my books). This is an encouragement for me to press on, knowing that if God has called me to write, then my labor is not in vain.
Praise the Lord!
To God be the glory!