January 15th, 2015
In 1830 a letter was received by the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society from missionary John Keightley. He related the story of the conversion of a man who had claimed allegiance to another religion: “I was requested to baptize this [man’s] child. While addressing the parents, before the child was baptized, the father began to tremble, and it was evident he felt the power of God.” The man came for instruction, and “After seeking the Lord with a broken and contrite heart for several months, he has found peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Later a paper shared more of his story: “This man maintained his Christian character unblemished, and was appointed to the office of class-leader in 1838; and in 1839, being a fisherman, he was out at sea one day, and the boat was upset by a gust of wind, and he and another were drowned…he said to his comrades, ‘I am going to glory.’”*
No earthly anchor to grasp; the heavenly was sure. His anchor, his hope was the Rock Christ Jesus!
*Charles Marke, Origins of Wesleyan Methodism in Sierra Leone and History of Its Missions, London: Charles H. Kelly, 1913, 39-40.
Author: Paul Martin