Monday, August 11, 2008

Chasing the Dragon

As recommended by Sam Storms in Convergence, I purchased Jackie Pullinger's Chasing the Dragon. I'm nearly finished reading this and Storms was not overzealous in his strong recommendation of this book. It has been both encouraging and faith building.

This is the story of a brave young lady who followed Christ into the mission field in China. Not unlike Abraham, she followed the Lord though she knew not where she was going. Missions agencies would not accept her. After prayer and seeking counsel Jackie Pullinger purchased a one way ticket to China, believing that the Lord would lead her. He did. She soon found herself ministering to the poorest of the poor, the heroin and opium addicts, and the prostitutes in Hong Kong's Walled City.

This is testimony of one who follows Christ. Pullinger followed Christ into dark places where she would minister life and love unto the least of these. Through her simple (not extravagant) faithful love and service, many would see Christ.

Mark 10:29-30
Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.

Romans 10:14-15
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"

As I consider the life of this missionary I cannot help but to ponder eternity. This lady is living a life that will be seen to have been very wise in light of eternity - though it looks quite foolish now in light of this temporary life. "Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." (John 12:25).


mwh said...

Is it a biography, autobiography, or what's the format?

Amazing abandonment for Christ.

Unbreakable Joy said...

It's an autobiography.