God’s timing is not our timing. How Francis Xavier became a missionary is an inspiring example of this. When the King of Portugal, John III, asked to send Jesuits to colonies in the Orient, Francis was not slated to go. But only after one Jesuit fell ill, Francis was sent to replace him. What followed was an enduring missionary legacy with many hearing the gospel in the Philippines and Japan. While we would not agree with Xavier’s doctrinal leanings, nonetheless his life is an example of being ready to go even when one is not prepared.
…Francis Xavier, was given time only to mend his cassock before shipping out. Such was the beginning of one of the most wide-ranging and successful of missionary endeavors.
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