In the Conference, the Secretary of the Board of Missions of the Moravian Church in the United States, Rev. P. de Schweinitz, summed up the work of the Church in these words:
“Even to-day the Moravians have for every fifty-eight communicants in the home churches a missionary in the foreign field, and for every member in the home churches they have more than two members in the congregation gathered from among the heathen.…
Now, what was the incentive for foreign missionary work which has produced such results? While acknowledging the supreme authority of the great commission, the Moravian Brethren have ever emphasised as their chief incentive the inspiring truth drawn from Isaiah 53:10–12: making our Lord’s suffering the spur to all their activity.
From that prophecy they drew their missionary battle-cry:
‘To win for the Lamb that was slain, the reward of His sufferings.’
We feel that we must compensate Him in some way for the awful sufferings which He endured in working out our salvation. The only way we can reward Him is by bringing souls to Him. When we bring Him souls, that is compensation for the travail of His soul. In no other way can we so effectively bring the suffering Saviour the reward of His passion as by missionary labour, whether we go ourselves or enable others to go.
Get this burning thought of
‘personal love for the Saviour who redeemed me’
into the hearts of all Christians, and you have the most powerful incentive that can be had for missionary effort. Oh, if we could make this
missionary problem a personal one!
if we could fill the hearts of the people
with a personal love for this Saviour who died for them,
the indifference of Christendom would disappear, and the kingdom of Christ would appear.”
Murray, Andrew. The Key to the Missionary Problem. London: J. Nisbet & Co., 1902.