Thursday, August 25, 2011


We're leaving tomorrow for another "dramatic" weekend.  This time our traveling companions are George Mueller and Lottie Moon.  For those new to us I must explain.  Virginia and I have, since 1996, been involved in a personal ministry called, "LIVING PORTRAITS".  We portray different historical personalities in a variety of venues, every place from public schools, to community events, to church and Baptist convention events.  Our repetoire includes George and Martha Washington, Mark and Olivia Twain, as well as, a group of missionaries and Christian leaders from the past, and have even put together special character presentations on request.  William Carey, Luther Rice, Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong, Fanny Crosby, John Newton, Horatio Spafford and George Mueller are our most frequently used. 

Lottie Moon was one of the first single missionaries appointed by our denomination to the country of China - 1873 to 1912.
She gave her life to that work until she became very ill from malnutrition (sharing her food with her Chinese friends) and started home, only to die aboard ship in Japan.  A Christmas time offering for world-wide missions was given her name and so remains today.  Virginia portrays this lady very effectively to promote those offerings and the missionary spirit that is needed in every Christian's life.  We love traveling with "Lottie".

George Mueller is our other "traveler".  George was a Prussian who, after his conversion, moved to England to ultimately follow a call to begin the first Christian orphanage in that country which was experiencing many deaths from plagues, with resulting orphans with no care.  He began the first home in 1835 and was still involved in it when he died in 1898.  His claim to fame came because of his intense passion for prayer and his unswerving faith in God to provide for his needs and those of the children in his care.  His challenge was to pray based on the mind and will of God.  Studying and meditating upon God's will, maintaining an upright heart and conscience, not shrinking from that which tried his faith, and letting God be the redeemer were his well-used tools to discover God's mind.  Yes, George is also a good traveling companion!  As I step into his character, it is always my prayer that such character will stay with me when I remove the costume and return to my own century.

Pray for us as we travel to spread faith, prayer and missions to others who need such a call.

Be encouraged, my friends, in your faith, in your prayers, as you, too, move into a spirit of missions!

1 comment:

Angie said...

Sounds like great company for the weekend!

Ever consider Casper and Corrie Ten Boom? (I would have loved chatting with Corrie and Betsy over a cup of tea.)