6-Week Series: Against All Odds

Sermon Illustrations

In the beginning of the twentieth century a young graduate of Cornell University was engaged in a most amazing effort to win the entire world to Jesus Christ. His name was John R. Mott.

During his years as secretary of the World Student Volunteer Movement, Mott’s travels took him everywhere: to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Latin America, Australia, China, Japan, and the islands of the Pacific.

And everywhere he went, he led young men and women to Christ. In 1946 he was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. Something John Mott said has lingered in some minds for many years. It is possibly the best definition of a call of God that we could find. He said,

OH - The awareness of a need, and the capacity to meet that need--This constitutes a call - John R. Mott.