Focus on Jesus, Unity, Future
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Mark 14:1-9 tells of the woman who inspired this year’s World Missions Conference theme. While everyone else in the room was distracted, she focused on Jesus, thereby teaching us the best way to focus on unity. Her deed also focused on the future. It will be mentioned wherever the Gospel is preached. We all want to do things that will long matter. I am grateful that as we start a brand new church, we are also celebrating Hamlin Baptist Church, which we started over a century ago.
Another lady whose life taught the value of focus is Amy Carmichael (1867-1951). Born in a small village in Ireland, she was the oldest of seven children in a devout Presbyterian family. She had at least two opportunities to marry, but chose not to. She felt the Lord had called her to life of singleness. She believed this would let her have an undivided, laser beam focus on the call of Jesus for her life.
Amy served as a Christian missionary to India, where she opened an orphanage in Dohnavur, 30 miles from the southern tip of India. She served in India 55 years without a furlough. Her most notable work was with girls who were saved from forced prostitution. Over the years, she helped thousands of children.
Amy became one of the world’s most famous and admired missionaries ever, and rightly so. She obviously lived