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Dr. David Trim, director of the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research at the General Conference for the past decade, was born in Bombay, India to missionary parents. He continues to be passionate about missions and the spread of the gospel. His most recent book, A Living Sacrifice, shares stories of many of the unsung missionary heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives for the cause of God.
Dr. Trim, those of us who grew up in the church were inspired by missionaries on furlough who came to our churches and camp meetings, sharing exciting stories of their adventures for God. And the “Book and Bible Houses” had a supply of thrilling stories from the mission field. Many of us grew up praying for the “missionaries and colporteurs”…the ones we had met, but also the many whose names we didn’t even know.
Names - Institutions - Names - Names - Lives
We remember the "big names" and build institutions with their names on them. But there are many “lesser-known names” — many of whom gave their lives to further God’s kingdom. Their impact is no less important. You’ve written an amazing book telling their inspirational stories. You shared a powerful quote from W. A. Spicer who in 1902 was the secretary of the Foreign Mission Board: “Those who go into the fields must be ready to lay down their lives, and at the least must be ready to lay everything they have in the world upon the altar of service.”
Question: That’s a pretty stark comment, coming from the General Conference. Reading something like that, what was it that caused our early missionary pioneers to rally behind that type of mandate?
Share - Christ - Love - Again - Correspondence
I think they simply felt compelled to share Christ and His love. Again and again, in their correspondence and articles, they stress that people have to hear about...
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