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:
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.