D. E. Host, who followed Hudson Taylor, wrote a book called Behind the Ranges.
He was trying to analyze a problem he had seen while working in two different villages in China: the people with whom he lived and worked were not doing very well, but the people in the other village across the ranges were doing great!
He visited them only now and then, but they were always doing fine, so he began to ask the Lord what was going on.
How could those across the ranges be doing better than those he lived and worked with?
The Lord showed Host the answer.
Although he was spending much time counseling, preaching, and teaching with those with whom he lived, he spent much more time in prayer for those across the ranges.
He concluded that there were four basic elements in making disciples:
(1) prayer, (2) prayer, (3) prayer, (4) the Word—in that order and in about that proportion.
Related Text Illustrations
Contributed by John Williams Iii on Apr 24, 2002
"Saint Columbia, a sixteenth-century Irish missionary, was sent to evangelize northern Scotland. The adventure was hazardous because of the Picts who occupied the area. Columbia and twelve men sailed to the nearby Island of Iona. The first thing that they did was to burn their boat. They were ...read more
Contributed by Brian La Croix on Apr 29, 2002
Last Tuesday, I went to listen to Dana Scott, sister of Rachel Scott, who was one of the students killed at Columbine High School. And one of the points of Miss Scott’s message was that we need to be more compassionate toward those who are not like us, such as the social rejects, or physically ...read more
Contributed by Martin Wiles on May 9, 2002
One of England’s greatest preachers, W. E. Sangster, in Let Me Command, said, “The easiest way to embarrass a congregation of twentieth century Christians is to ask them two simple questions. ‘When is the last time you ...read more
Contributed by Jerry Falwell on May 15, 2002
Bad news travels fast. Within two hours the whole world knew that President Kennedy had been killed, who killed him, where he was killed and how he was killed. Today, still half the world does not know the good news that Jesus died, where ...read more
Contributed by Jay Patton on May 16, 2002
In the summer of 1988 I found myself temporarily assigned to Camp Pendelton, California Marine Corps Base. I’d requested to go to search and rescue school and I had gotten my wish. Search and rescue, in case you didn’t know, is pretty much as it sounds. Whenever someone turns up missing, or an ...read more