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.

Louise (“Lulu”) Cecilia Fleming.Congo. Served from 1887 – 1899

Lulu was born 1862 as a slave in Florida. In 1887 she became a missionary teacher in Congo. The students were being introduced to Jesus because of Lulu’s ministry to them. The school had 49 students and many of them came to Christ through Lulu’s ministry to them.

This seems a poor report…and perhaps many may think the work almost discouraging, but to us whom God has given the privilege to labor here it is very encouraging. [It] fills us with unspeakable joy.

Lulu combined her teaching with weekend evangelistic work in the towns and within a year she had learned Kikongo and no longer required a translator. When Lulu saw that women needed to be reached, she began making home visits while urging the mission society (American Baptist Foreign Mission Society of the West) to send more women.

In 1891 Lulu return to the USA as a student at the Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia, Lulu returned to the Congo in 1895 as a medical missionary.

Known now as Dr. Fleming, she was stationed at Irebu, further up the Congo River where she needed to learn a different language. The power of Dr. Fleming’s ministry came from her identification with those among whom she served. The Baptist Missionary Magazine described her as “particularly successful in winning the hearts of the Congo people, putting herself in close touch and sympathy with them.” She passed away in 1899 from complications from African sleeping sickness.

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Carrie Elizabeth Merriweather; Sierra Leone – served 1913 – 1931

Carrie Elizabeth Merriweather was born July 28, 1881, in Carthage, Indiana. When she was 17 years old she moved to Ohio and attended a Bible School. Merriweather enrolled at Nyack College & Seminary (The Missionary Training Institute) in 1910.

Carrie answered her call to missions upon completion of NYACK and began her ministry in Sierra Leone in 1913 with the C & MA mission organization. She was the first female African-American missionary to be sent by the the C&MA. Around 1918 Carrie fell ill and had to leave Sierra Leone.

Though she left Africa, her passion was to open her home to people as much as possible to encourage them to follow the Lord despite their fear if they were being called to work in Africa.

Carrie passed away March 20, 1931.

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Our Just Due

God blesses.

He blesses because He is a good God.

Christians have fallen prey to the world’s message that He blesses us because we deserve some blessing – just because He owes us something. But … that is not the case. In fact that is a backwards statement as it relates to the Kingdom of God. We obey him because we love Him – because it is what we are supposed to do. He blesses us because He promised to do so when we love Him.

So — what is your just due?

Walking in the righteousness, blessing and favor of God requires our belief in, and devotion to, Him. If by being righteous we hope to earn something (blessing/favor) from Him — then it is not the right motive. If we are called to a particular task in the Body of Christ, we must do it out of devotion to and love for Him in order that He might grant us favor and blessing.

If we do it for a certain blessing and then receive that thing we’ve begged for, our wages have been paid. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anything from Him because what I do if for the sake of His glory and because of true gratefulness for Calvary! What I do for the sake of His glory is because I know that I would not even be alive had it not been for Him! What I do for the sake of His glory is because I know that He is who meets every need in my life! So just think about it like this: How much more will we receive when we stop ‘working’ to earn His favor (adoration, affection, preference) and start ‘serving’ out of devotion to Him?

My prayer is that we will ask the Lord to correct our motives. Help our hearts to discern rightly what we are to do for God and for the Kingdom of God. Teach us to serve out of our gratitude for Calvary and out of our gratefulness that He has dressed us in His righteousness – clothing of splendor and honor that we could NEVER purchase on our own. Help us to understand that His very presence in our lives is our just due!

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.