Walk With Me, Lord!

The last 12 months have been quite …. AHHHHHH!!

COVID was already in motion and then my mother begins her eternal life. Many of our countries across Africa were blocking the return VISAs for our global workers because of the VIRUS. Cancer took away a dear, close friend from high school and two of our global workers. Racial hate continually raised its head across the USA in many ways. Some, who call themselves believers in Christ, somehow mixed political beliefs with their belief in Jesus Christ. It has not been a year without much difficulty.

The racial issue alone just gives my heart much concern. As a mom of young black men, my heart kinda quakes almost every day. I just don’t want them mistaken for a terrible person because they are chocolate and caramel as God has made them. As a full-time missionary who has to have financial support to cover all costs, both work and personal, I have taken hits from people who think it makes me less than them.

Dealing with all of the issues, there have been days where I was just not … happy! I had no fear – not even for a moment – but I didn’t like what was all around me. There are always situations in life that make you want to quit.

A beautiful truth for a believer in Christ, a child of God, is that nothing that goes on around us can prevent or block our victory. For me, God has been evident…. my calling, the part of the Body of Christ that I am, is to ensure that the truth of the Gospel is spread across Africa. According to my Father, my role is to lead like Christ led – by serving people and demonstrating to them the life that should be lived. So … take the step back into the difficulties and remember that all of that is happening, but He hasn’t told me to take a break! He just keeps telling me to hold His hand and keep-a-stepping! I mean, think about it … I actually have the best boss man EVER – The Almighty God!! All-powerful, grace-giving, truly loves me, strengthens me, protects me, heals me, directs me, instructs me and I have the best benefit package of any employee – eternal life!

One of the most beautiful things that I am learning more and more and more is what it means to trust Him. You see, I don’t have anything in me that wants hurt to come to anyone that causes harm to me. I don’t fear to face any person who doesn’t like what He is speaking through me. I don’t doubt that He will finish what He has started. I have the good sense to humble myself under His mighty hand, knowing that he will exalt in due time! Praise God. He loves me so much that He started His work in me, and, as I keep saying every single day, He can’t fail!

So Lord, walk with me! I can take a hit, a slap, a knock out – because I know You’ve got me! I’ll make it through it all. For the sake of Your glory … I will make it!!

Eliza Davis George. Liberia. 1913 – 1917

Eliza Davis George served in Liberia, 1913 to 1972.

Eliza Davis George was born in 1879.  In December 1913 she left Texas for New York; and on December 12, 1913, she sailed from New York to Liberia as a National Baptist missionary.

Eliza and another missionary opened a school for children in the interior of Liberia, where there were few missionaries or churches. They called the school Bible Industrial Academy, and their aim was to teach children to read the Bible and show them helpful life skills. Within the first two years they had fifty children attending the academy and saw more than 1,000 people accept the Lord in the nearby villages.

Eliza served as an evangelist, teacher, and church planter throughout Sinoe County, Liberia. Wherever she established ministries, she trained Liberian young people and sent them as missionaries to take the Word of God to their own people and to provide education for their children.

Five years after arriving in Liberia, Eliza’s mission board disbanded. Lacking financial support, she was approached by a British missionary doctor who urged her to marry him so that she would be able to remain in Africa. After much prayer, she concluded that God was permitting her to marry, and in 1919, Eliza became the wife of Dr. Charles George. Together they adopted three children: Maude, Cecelia, and Cerella.

Even when married, Eliza continued to live meagerly, trusting in the Lord’s provision and going to extraordinary lengths to secure support for the ministry Jesus had called her to. Her prayer life reflected her dependence on God:

“O heavenly Father, thou hast taught us to pray for our daily bread. Lord, thou dost know that I do not have one penny to buy food and pay the workers here at the mission. Father, send us something to meet our needs as thou hast promised. Help me to keep trusting Thee so that the children will know Thou art caring for them.”

In 1939, her husband passed away – yet she continued in the work for 33 more years.  By the 1960s The Eliza Davis George Baptist Association had twenty-seven churches in Liberia.

Eliza returned to the USA in 1972 at the age of 93 due to fragile health.  She passed away in Tyler, TX in March 1980.

Althea Brown Edmiston. Congo. Served 1902 – 1937

Althea was born in 1874 in Alabama. Her parents were emancipated from slavery, and she was raised on her father’s farm in Mississippi.

She attended Fisk University, graduated in 1901. Althea was commissioned as a missionary in 1901 by the Southern Presbyterian Church. She sailed for the Congo in 1902 and worked at a mission station run by William Henry Sheppard – another Black American Missionary.

In 1905 she married Alonzo Edmiston and they had two sons, both born in the Congo Region. Her husband was also a Black Missionary.

Altheas’s work was as a nurse and also in the area of linguistics. Her work was amazing because she did the linguistics work without any prior training. In the local Bushong language, she ensured that a a grammar and dictionary resource was published. Liturgical and educational materials were translated by Althea so that there was a small library printed for her students to read in their own language.

She passed away in 1937.

Two books that tell the story:

A Life for the Congo: The Story of Althea Brown Edmiston
A Higher Mission: The Careers of Alonzo and Althea Brown Edmiston in Central Africa

John Stewart. Wyandotte. Served 1815 – 1823

John Stewart. Black Missionary to Wyandotte Indians in Ohio from 1815 to 1823.

John Stewart served in Ohio as a missionary to Wyandotte Indians. 1815 to 1823.

John Stewart was a missionary to the Wyandotte Indians of Ohio and founder of what is often considered the first Methodist mission in America. Stewart was born in Virginia in 1786 to free Negro parents.  At some point he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1815 Stewart felt that he was being called to spread the word of God among the Indians and set out on a journey to complete this calling. His first stop was in Goshen, Ohio, where he stayed for almost six months. After this he moved to Sandusky, Ohio where he worked among the Wyandotte Indians.

Stewart was able to successfully convert both chiefs and tribal members to Christianity, a feat which leaves him with the credit of starting the first highly successful Methodist mission among the Indians of the United States. On August 7, 1819, the Ohio Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church established the first official mission to the Indians based largely on the work that Stewart had completed among the Wyandotte. Stewart died on December 17, 1823 at the age of 37.

Say, “Send Me! I’ll Go” .. So That The Whole World Will Know!

Kindness Shown for the Sake of the Kingdom

Scripture tells all Christians to be hospitable – but for those of us in the service of the truth, it is a crucial matter! When we are kind, hospitable, accommodating to others who also adhere to the truth of Christ, bonds are formed that help the truth move forward. It is necessary, then, that we know why people are engaged in the work they are involved in — and it is right that we verify that they are teaching the truth — that Christ is Son of God & Savior! These partnerships will help all of us to stand firm and be encouraged when so many are following evil ways.

As for me, I am praying to the Father … asking Him to teach us to listen and give us hearts that can discern the truth. Asking Him to help us to show kindness to others who are in service to the truth – to the end that we might come together for the furtherance of the truth. Asking Him to help us to understand the power of Kingdom partnership & prepare us to welcome His servants and to receive partnerships that He may send our way!

Kindnesses shown to co-laborers of the gospel are necessary … so that partnerships that build the Kingdom of God might be strengthened.