Friday, February 24, 2012

Never Give Up! ~ The Story of Robert Moffat

Robert Moffat
Scottish Congregationalist Missionary To Africa

"And let us not grow weary of doing good,  
for in due season we will reap,
 if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9
“An old village pastor was questioned by the deacons of his church:    Why had there been no growth in the church - no new members?    It seemed the work of the church, if not going backwards was at least at a standstill.   They were about to dismiss the pastor and call a new one.   The deacons said to the old pastor  "No one has come to Christ through your ministry in the past year."   His reply: "Yea, it has been a lean year, but what about wee Bobby."    The deacons had forgotten about the young lad who had come to Christ that year.

   Wee Bobby was from a poor but devout Christian family. Sometime after his conversion, there was a mission meeting in that village church. An offering was taken. When the offering basket came to wee Bobby, he told the usher to put it on the floor. "I have nothing to give to God but myself," and so saying stepped into the plate with his bare feet.”

    Bobby  became the outstanding missionary to South Africa-Dr. Robert Moffat who spent the next 52 years of his life at Kuruman....  He had a profound influence on his own family. Son John Moffat returned to Africa as a missionary. His daughter Mary became the wife of the renowned David Livingstone. Through his influence, many others went to the mission fields of the world-not just Africa alone.”  (1)

(1) Missionary Biographies: Robert Moffat

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EJN said...

Great post. Thanks Diane.

Petra said...

Oh, I remember our pastor reading this! God grows His church. God, not people or programs. Thank you, Diane!

Persis said...

That's a wonderful testimony. Thanks for sharing this, Diane.

Ma said...

That is a really sweet story.

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