VOM Radio: Dr. Mary Ho
(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length and clarity)
Adoniram Judson, William Carey, Hudson Taylor, Gladys Aylward, Lottie Moon, Amy Carmichael, Elisabeth Elliot. What do these names have in common? All are names of missionaries who served the Lord far from their homes. They shared the Good News of Jesus with people who may never have heard it if the missionaries had not come to their countries.
[Photo: Sharing the gospel. The Christian’s face is covered to protect his identity.]
But not everyone appreciates the work of Christian missionaries. Some governments do not allow missionaries to come to their countries. Even people in the missionaries’ own country may not approve of them. “Missionaries aren’t held in high regard by many in our culture,” said VOM Radio’s Todd Nettleton. “Some people accuse missionaries of forcing their values on other cultures or serving their own interests.”
Changed for the Better
Todd recently interviewed Dr. Mary Ho, the leader of All Nations, a ministry that has started churches in many countries. Dr. Ho was born in Taiwan, and she grew up in Africa. “In my country, missionaries were the ones that built the first schools, started the first hospitals. They brought literacy and writing,” Dr. Ho told Todd.
“Now there are thriving churches in Taiwan, but it is because of the many men and women of God who over the centuries have given up their homeland, their families, to come to Taiwan to share the gospel. I know some of them were martyred, and some of them were stoned. Some of them never went back to their homeland.
“When you read about modern medicine benefiting the people, or girls getting an opportunity to get an education, it is usually through missionaries who have counted the cost and paid a great price to come and bring the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God and its reality to that place.
“Jesus came to change our lives and He came to give us life. My life was very, very changed for the better when I met Jesus,” Dr. Ho told Todd.
“That is how I see missions, because I received from it. My country has received from it. Many parts of the world have received from it.”
To Talk About
Can you name five things Dr. Ho said missionaries have done in her country and around the world? Thank God today for his servants who are willing to serve Him wherever He calls them.