Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Are we too easily deterred from attempting great things for God?

George Stott was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China with the newly formed China Inland Mission.

Although he was an amputee, missing his left leg, he labored for the Gospel in China for 23 years, arriving in October, 1865.

His efforts brought Christianity to the city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, where the teaching had been unknown, previously. The oldest church in the city, Chengxi Christian Church, still stands as a testimony to his work among the people that he loved. As a result of the ongoing influence of the message of Christ first brought there by Stott, Wenzhou is known today as the “Jerusalem of China” because in the entire Wenzhou Municipality, which has 6 million inhabitants, there are more than 600,000 evangelical Protestants – 10% of the population.

In accepting Mr. Stott for mission work, Hudson Taylor manifested faith, for no Society would have sent an amputee to such a country to pioneer work, and Mr. Stott often referred with gratitude to Mr. Taylor's acceptance of him. When asked why he, with only one leg, should think of going to China, his remark was,

" I do not see those with two legs going, so I must." "

From Wickapedia's entry for Stott.

See also this moving youtube clip about another one-legged evangelist.


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