God calls us to not just go to the nice tropical holiday destinations (though these places are very much in need for the gospel as well), but also the hard, dry, and hot places. Samuel Zwemer, sometimes known as the Apostle to Islam, was a missionary for the hard places. He and his companion James Cantine wanted to go Arabia.

The pair selected Arabia as their destination because, as the homeland of Islam, it was the most difficult mission field they could find. They submitted their plans to different societies, including the American Missionary Society, but found no one willing the sponsor them. They were told it was foolish “to want to go to such a fanatical people.

Eventually they found a way. While we would not agree with all that Samuel Zwemer taught, his resilience and determination to go to a difficult mission field is an example to us to go into all nations, not just the easy ones.

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