STORY. Day 31 of Lent. The Reward.
Leonard Dober and a carpenter named David Nitschmann were two young Moravian Missionaries who heard of an island in the West Indies where an atheist British owner had 3000 slaves. This slave owner had sworn, “No preacher, no clergyman, will ever stay on this island. If he’s ship wrecked we’ll keep him in a separate house until he has to leave, but he’s never going to talk to any of us about God, I’m through with all that nonsense.”
Three thousand slaves from the jungles of Africa brought to an island in the Atlantic and enslaved there to live and die without ever hearing the good news of Christ.
When these two young Moravians heard about it, they were so moved that they sold themselves to the British planter and used the money they received from their sale to pay their passage out to his island for he wouldn’t even transport them.
As the ship left its pier in the river at Hamburg and was going out into the North Sea carried with the tide, the Moravians had come from Herrenhut to see these two young men in their early twenties off. They would never return again, for this wasn’t a four-year term, they sold themselves into lifetime slavery. Their mission to simply live out their lives as slaves, they could be Christians where these others were who would never hear the hope of Christ. Their families and friends were there weeping, for they knew they would never see them again. And many there wondered why they were going and questioned the wisdom of such a supreme sacrifice.
As the housings had been cast off and were being curled up there on the pier, and the young men saw the widening gap between ship and shore, one lad with his arm linked through the arm of his fellow, raised his hand and shouted across the growing chasm the last words that were heard from them.
“MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN
RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!
MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN
RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!”
This became the call of Moravian missions. And this is the only reason for being. That the Lamb that was slain may receive the reward of His suffering!
Told by P. Reidhead
Moravian anthem: “We will follow the Lamb wherever He goes. May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering.”