Faith honors God and
God honors faith! A story from the life of missionaries Robert and Mary Moffat
illustrates this truth. For 10 years this couple labored faithfully in Bechuanaland (now called Botswana) without one ray of encouragement to brighten their
way. They could not report a single convert. Finally the directors of their
mission board began to question the wisdom of continuing the work. The
thought of leaving their post, however, brought great grief to this devoted
couple, for they felt sure that God was in their labors, and that they would
see people turn to Christ in due season. They stayed; and for a year or two
longer, darkness reigned. Then one day a friend in England sent word to the Moffats that she wanted to mail
them a gift and asked what they would like. Trusting that in time the Lord
would bless their work, Mrs. Moffat replied, "Send us a communion set; I
am sure it will soon be needed." God honored that dear woman's faith.
The Holy Spirit moved upon the hearts of the villagers, and soon a little
group of six converts was united to form the first Christian church in that
land. The communion set from England was delayed in the mail; but on the very day before
the first commemoration of the Lord's supper in Bechuanaland, the set arrived.