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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.

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