Within A Yard of Hell

If I could go back in time and have lunch with anyone, C.T. Studd would be near the top of my list. People always tease me for preferring to read anything written by “old, dead guys” over the trending, modern, exciting titles. And I’ll admit, I am pretty selective with my authors. Call me crazy, but I have no problem saying that not all who pick up a pen are called to be writers, just as not all who stand behind a pulpit are called by God to be preachers.
C.T. was a missionary in China and India and later died in the Congo. If you know anything about me, it kind of goes without saying that missionaries are some of my favorite people to read about and learn from. Throughout the years, several of C.T.’s simple, but profound quotes have stuck with me, one of which is this:
“Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.”


Last night, my friend Katie showed me a video about a doctor serving in Bangladesh. As the video began to play, Dr. Kelley quoted these words by Studd, “Some want to live within the sound of a church or chapel bell; but I want to run a rescue shop, within a yard of hell.” All I can say is “I agree, my friend. I completely agree.”
I’ve watched this several times since then and can’t stop thinking about it. I know Bangladesh doesn’t stand alone in this world full of pain and suffering. But for some reason, the sheer lostness and hopelessness of the country as a whole affected me more than any of the other countries I’ve been to. For weeks after my return, I couldn’t even speak about my experience without crying. Sometimes, if I let my mind wander too far down those dirty, dusty and crowded roads again, my heart begins to ache and my eyes still fill up with tears. Maybe that’s why this man’s story is running circles in my brain. Maybe it’s because I’ve been there and these are some of the same images stored away in my mind. Maybe it’s because I have a dear friend from Bangladesh who also struggles, in faith, to rescue these precious people. Or maybe it’s simply because Dr. Kelley so clearly has the heart of Jesus. Please watch this.
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  1. Erika R. this is Greg Belcher… I am working with a group of wonderful people on an outreach for youth and young adults with troubled pasts that are going through tough times and need as much spiritual, emotional and psychological support as possible. I was wondering if you would be interested in something like that. One of the many reasons for coming to you about this are because in spite of the way I’ve interacted or reacted to you in the past, you have always been kind to me and never seemed to judge me, which is rather unusual these days from my experience, and in counting the costs for this endeavor, it is much needed for this population. Another reason and probably the most important is quite simply, your heart. From reading your blog, FB and just from what little I know about you, it is very obvious to me that you are a women after Gods heart. Another reason I’m coming to you is because of your knowledge and experience in missions. I would love for you to come to upstate New York to talk to the group about your experiences and the challenges of your journey and the burdens you bare.(We will pay the expenses) I am also hoping and believing God to write and produce a few movies that hopefully you, Noah Seta and others will help me with. We as a group are looking to create a Christ centered Movie/TV Production Company with up to date special effects and production quality. We are hoping to create a movie about the story of Elijah because of its supernatural qualities and its impact, there are a few other ideas bouncing around my brain but I’ve learned the hard way that “First things first”. So, I was hoping you could help write some scripts, among other things. I am also going to talk to Doug Garner about possibly coordinating some events for the group with the intention of hopefully having the group meet with you and him at the end of this year or the beginning of the next (As long as you’re not in Africa, Egypt or some far off country) to go over some other details that the Lord has put on my heart to pursue this vision. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PRAY ABOUT IT and if it is something that stirs your heart and you believe that God wants you to do it, please let me know. And if not Erika, I completely understand because we barely know each other, but I believe that this is bigger than me and I need as much help from people that I think that I can trust. If you are interested please send me an email and I will send you a very rough draft of the goals and vision of the outreach. If not PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PRAY FOR THE GROUP. My email address is gregbelcher2002@yahoo.com ….I apologize for any errors in punctuation, sentence structure, etc.

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