Sermon Illustrations

This week I was reading the story of an Australian couple who went to Bangladesh as missionaries. When Stuart and Margaret arrived in the country they were informed, by the Baptist missionaries already there that the Muslim people were impossible to reach with the Gospel message. For the six years their experience seemed to confirm that conclusion. At the end of 6 years they were expelled from the country however they returned by themselves two years later.

They went to a city of 200,000 people, where they were the only Europeans, and to their knowledge the only Christians. They had no mission support agency but they determined to find ways to reach the Muslim people for Jesus Christ.

For six years they lived culturally as Muslims. That meant that Margaret never left the house, unless it was night. She was completely covered from head to foot in front of anyone but her husband. Stuart lived with the men and disciplined himself to eat what they ate, prayed when they prayed, and fasted when they fasted. They learned to present the Gospel in terms that were culturally appropriate to the Muslim people. For six years

The result that many many people came to know Jesus. Their effectiveness was an anomaly among missionaries to the Muslims.

Why did they succeed where others had failed?

From Bangladesh Stuart and Margaret returned to Australia to pastor a church in Melbourne. At that time, a little over a decade ago, it was a church with less than two hundred in attendance and they had been fighting for four years over where to locate the handicapped accessible bathroom. As you do in Baptist churches!!!

Stuart says that the little church in Melbourne thought they were getting a white Australian pastor who would do things like they always...

Continue reading this sermon illustration (Free with PRO)

Related Sermon Illustrations

Related Sermons

  • Is Your House Built On A Solid Foundation?

    Contributed by Troy Borst on Jun 29, 2011
    based on 7 ratings
     | 85,188 views

    Today we are going to look at the foundation of our families and our country. I hope you realize that both foundations must be anchored in God and in faith in Jesus Christ. It is only a foundation in Christ that will allow our families and our nation to

  • "The Tween Age Jesus"

    Contributed by Bruce Lee on Jan 14, 2016
    based on 9 ratings
     | 29,745 views

    Being a teenager is not easy. Parents and family are important. Lord help us to grow in your timing.

  • The Purpose Of Walls

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 23, 2015
    based on 14 ratings
     | 29,314 views

    God built His church to be ONE... but Satan builds walls to divide that church. How do we identify what the Devil does so that we can unify our church and challenge the power of the evil one?

  • Making The Best Of A Bad Situation

    Contributed by Kraig Pullam on Feb 17, 2014
    based on 2 ratings
     | 27,435 views

    God takes the disadvantages of our dead ends and uses them as an opportunity to propel His plan into the spectrum of His greater glory and our greater good, as seen in the discourse between the disciples and Christ prior to His ascension.

  • What Matters To God Series

    Contributed by Hal Seed on Jul 27, 2007
    based on 20 ratings
     | 25,024 views

    Sermon’s purpose is to motivate people to pray, "God, give me your heart for lost people."