An inspiring account from a missions historian:

Reading about the hardships missionaries endured in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) also moved him. “In 1907, all of them were ready to quit. But the homeland wrote to say: ‘Don’t quit—we’re praying!’

“A Congo missionary by the name of Allison fasted and prayed, and there was a sudden move of God. Hundreds of people came to Christ. (Today, the DRC church is one of the C&MA’s two largest national bodies.) That really spoke to my heart.”

Probably the most powerful take-away from the project Dave says, was the deeper respect he gained for Alliance founder A. B. Simpson. “Here was this brilliant, bright man of God, who, out of a lack of knowledge, made some big errors in sending those first teams.

“I thought, Wow. A lesser man after that first fiasco, or whatever you want to call it, would have just cashed in his chips and walked away from the table. But A.B. said, ‘OK, we’re going to do it better.’”