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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 05:58:40 -0700 (PDT)
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

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He was a dreamer
 by Stan Mitchell
When Nazi Germany lay in smoldering ruins, when
thousands of German children faced hunger and cold, the
churches of Christ were among the first on the scene
with food and clothing, and a declaration of God's
message of mercy.

And he was there, too, feeding, clothing and healing
the broken-hearted, because he was a dreamer.

When far away Nhowe Mission lost its personnel, he
inspired two families to join him and preach the gospel
in Southern Rhodesia, because he was a dreamer.

When he attained a PhD from the University of Michigan,
and could have had his choice of lucrative positions in
academia, he instead returned to war-torn Rhodesia to
preach the gospel. He always had an idea; he was always
dreaming a dream.

Not all of his dreams worked out. Men he trusted
disappointed him. Not everyone saw his vision as
clearly as he. Often they scoffed at his ideas. He made
mistakes, even enemies. His body grew old. But never
his ideas.

Elderly Germans today will never forget that when they
expected vengeance, they were offered mercy. African
Christians remember a multi-talented man who could
teach them trades from plumbing, to carpentry, or
Biblical languages.

Today a mission provides Christian education because he
was a dreamer. About 5,000 meet there for an annual
lectureship. They sing from a hymnbook in their
language that he helped to write. When this great
lectureship crowd gathers, for miles around in the farm
compounds and beer halls, and at the bus stops,
everyone knows that God’s people are worshiping
together again.

We need dreamers. It is their ideas and faith in God
that provides rich soil for the kingdom's growth, for
truly, "without a vision the people perish" 
(Proverbs 29:18).

Roy V.Palmer grew old but his ideas never grew old. He
was always certain that God's people could accomplish
what they set out to do, if the Lord was on their side.

"Then he dreamed another dream, and told it to his
brothers, and said..." (Genesis 37:9, ESV).

Some call it dreaming. God calls it faith!

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