*All entries submitted and written by Edward de los Reyes
On this day in 1911, during a morning devotional hour at Central Texas College, an African American teacher, Eliza George, felt a sudden burden for black people in Africa. She imagined the African people passing before the judgment seat of Christ, weeping and moaning, “But no one ever told us You died for us.” Two years later, Eliza George left her teaching position and moved to Liberia as a missionary with her husband.
George faced many trials as she pursued the leading of God in her life. Certain leaders in the faith at the time told her that they had no intentions of sending a black woman to Africa. They told her that if she wanted to reach black people with the gospel, she could do so at home.
Nevertheless, George pressed on. Supported by the National Baptist Convention, she along with her husband, served as a church planter, founder of Bible Industrial Academy, and planted 27 churches in Liberia. She retired in her 90s leaving Liberians taking over the work she had started.
What a great example of someone following God’s leading in the face of opposition. How willing are we to believe in our God more than people believe in us? Eliza George faced people who did not believe in her and her work, but she believed in her God. Let us trust our God and His work, not ourselves or our own power.
On this day in 1898, a fire destroyed the Market Street Mission in New Jersey. The Market Street Mission was a ministry that provided jobs, clothing, food, and shelter for many people affected by drugs, alcohol, and poverty.
The Market Street Mission was birthed out of the Bible studies of the wife of Rev. Dr. F.W. Owen as she realized that almost all of the husbands of the ladies in her Bible study were alcoholics. Together. the Owens rented the building that would become known as the Market Street Mission to set up a residential program for alcoholics.
In the heart of a street full of bars and saloons, this ministry was supported through the South Street Presbyterian Church to reach individuals that were not regularly attending area churches. The Mission began to hold day and night meetings for men, women, and children. At these meetings, converts would give testimony to how God saved them from a life of sin.
The day the Market Street Mission burned down, they set up temporarily across the street without missing one meeting. Eventually, they built a building of their own where they are still located to this day.
What a beautiful and practical picture of the Gospel changing lives. Birthed from being burdened for people’s souls, the Owens became burdened for people’s everyday lives. Are we willing to step out of our comfort zones to meet the dire spiritual and physical needs of the dying world around us? Let’s be ambassadors of the God we love and love the world He died for.
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