Late one evening a professor sat at his desk working on the next day's lectures. He shuffled through the papers and mail placed there by his housekeeper. He began to throw them in the wastebasket when one magazine—not even addressed to him but delivered to his office by mistake—fell open to an article titled, "The Needs of the Congo Mission."
The professor began reading it idly, but then was consumed by these words: "The need is great here. We have no one to work the northern province of Gabon in the central Congo. And it is my prayer as I write this article that God will lay His hand on one—one on whom, already, the Master's eyes have been cast—that he or she shall be called to this place to help us." The professor closed the magazine and wrote in his diary: "My search is over."2
He gave himself to the Congo. His name? Albert Schweitzer!
If you know about the marvelous missionary service done by Albert Schweitzer, you will realize that it was no accident that this magazine was delivered to Schweitzer's mailbox "by mistake" and then fell open at the article, "The Needs of the Congo Mission," as he was about to throw it in the trash.
1. Psalm 37:5 (NKJV).
2. Leadership, Vol. 12 No. 3.
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