The chief hindrance to the success of missionary effort in many foreign fields is the perplexing inconsistency observable in the lives of people who are called Christians, but who do not speak or act as Christians.—Anonymous
Fling out the banner! let it float
Skyward and seaward, high and wide;
The sun, that lights its shining folds,
The Cross, on which the Savior died.
Fling out the banner! Heathen lands
Shall see from far the glorious sight;
And nations, crowding to be born,
Baptize their spirits in its light.—Selected
Once a young clergyman said to the great Duke of Wellington that he did not see any use in sending missionaries to the heathen in foreign lands when there were so many heathen at home. The Duke's answer was, "Look, sir, to your marching orders." Our Great Captain, Jesus Christ, has said "Go," and we must simply obey.—Selected
A lad who heard his father pray for missions, and especially for the needs of missionaries, that they might be supplied, and that their institutions might be amply sustained, said to him, "Father, I wish I had your money." "Why, my son, what would you do with it?" asked the father. "I would answer your prayers," was the reply.—Selected
"What in the world are you up to, Hilda?" exclaimed Mrs. Bale, as she entered the nursery where her six-year-old daughter was stuffing broken toys, headless dolls, ragged clothes and general debris into an open box.
"Why, mother," cried Hilda, "can't you see? I'm packing a missionary box just the way the ladies do; and it's all right," she added reassuringly, "I haven't put in a single thing that's any good at all!"