This is part of a speech given to the class of 1932 at Moody Bible Institute:
“Let us remind ourselves that the Great Commission was never qualified by clauses calling for advance only if funds were plentiful and no hardship or self-denial involved. On the contrary, we are told to expect tribulation and even persecution, but with it victory in Christ. … It is ours to show, in the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in personal communion with Him, a joy unspeakable and full of glory that cannot be affected by outside circumstances.”
Who said this? John Stam, a missionary to China, said this right before he went with his wife to China. Within a few months after this address, he and his wife were beheaded.
This story was in my bible study by Beth Moore today and it really hit me.
I want his words to be lived out in my life. I want the boldness to go and share the gospel with all nations and to be unafraid of the persecution.