The Australian answer to Goforth's prayer



Jonathan Goforth stands as one of the world's great missionaries. He, with his wife Rosalind, early learned the lesson of trusting God for all necessary funds. Many times God marvelously answered Jonathan's desire even months before the missionary offered the petition. At one particular time in Jonathan's career in China the home board wrote saying that it was necessary for them to retrench. There was no more money for expenses.

Missionary Goforth at the moment was on an evangelistic tour north of Changte. Every door in that area seemed to be open, and God said to Jonathan that the time was right for an aggressive campaign of evangelism among the people. But with the letter in his hand from the board saying, "Retrench," Jonathan knew of only one place to obtain the funds. He could not think of curtailing the work; so calmly he laid the matter before God and asked the Heavenly Father to send the necessary money.

On the following Friday a letter reached him from a lady in New Zealand, and as Jonathan opened it his faith was strengthened. He discovered a money order sufficiently large to meet every special need in his forward-looking campaign for an entire year in advance.

The Australian donor plainly stated that the funds were to be used at Goforth's discretion, and immediately Jonathan launched his aggressive campaign on the money which God had sent weeks earlier in answer to his prayer.


From: ANSWERED PRAYER IN MISSIONARY SERVICE By Basil William Miller, Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, Missouri. First Printing, April 1951 Second Printing, July 1951 Printed in United States of America