C.T. Studd: No Retreat by Janet Benge & Geoff Benge

C.T. Studd: No Retreat by Janet Benge & Geoff Benge

Author:Janet Benge & Geoff Benge [Benge, Janet & Benge, Geoff]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Juvenile Nonfiction, Biography & Autobiography, Religious, Religion, Christianity
ISBN: 9781576582886
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Amazon: 1576582884
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Publisher: YWAM Pub.
Published: 2005-04-04T00:00:00+00:00

Chapter 9

For Want of a Christian Missionary

Back in London the Studd family once again settled in with C.T.’s mother. She was an old woman by now and glad to have the company of her four lively granddaughters. However, they did not stay with her for long. C.T.’s sister, Dora, and her husband, Willie Bradshaw, offered to send the three oldest girls off to school in Switzerland, where it was hoped that they could make up for time lost in India. C.T. and Priscilla thought this was a good plan, and so they sent Grace, Edith, and Dorothy away to school.

The girls’ departure meant that Priscilla was under less stress and C.T. could recuperate from his asthma. Sure enough, with rest, C.T.’s asthma began to settle down, and as soon as he was well enough, C.T. began traveling and preaching again. Everyone, from police institutes to the YMCA and Wesleyan chapels, seemed to want him to speak. C.T. accepted every invitation he could possibly fit into his schedule, and over the course of the next two years, he challenged tens of thousands of English people to respond to the gospel and to take up the challenge of becoming missionaries.

Even the secular press lauded C.T.’s straightforward way of speaking. At the end of one of his meetings at Handsworth, C.T. challenged his audience by saying,

We Christians today are indeed a tepid crew. Had we but half the fire and enthusiasm of the Suffragettes of the past, we would have the world evangelized.… Had we the pluck and heroism of the men who go on Polar expeditions or climb Everest, or for any ordinary daredevil enterprise, we could have every soul on earth knowing the name of Jesus Christ in less than ten years. To your knees, man! And to your Bible. Decide at once. Don’t hedge. Time flies, cease your insults to God. Quit consulting flesh and blood. Stop your lame lying and cowardly excuses.


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