"Instant results with no time for failure have falsely mesmerized today’s world, filtering even into the Church. Rowland Bingham: Into Africa’s Interior, the biography of the founder of the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), presents a history founded on faith rising above non-results and human failure, until it lifts into the realms of miracle and God’s overwhelming victory. Belonging to a penurious English family and having to work from a very early age taught Rowland Bingham invaluable lessons. In the late 1890s, Bingham followed his Lord’s leading even when it led into “the white man’s grave” known as Africa. It almost killed him and did kill his fellow workers. Yet Bingham could not let go of the vision of a Christian witness in Moslem Africa. Repeatedly circumstances went awry and the dream dwindled. Then the miracles began: missionaries who could live and cope in Africa; Christians willing to finance the work; high-placed lay helpers; natives accepting the Lord and aiding the work; firmly closed areas opening to the Gospel. With home offices in North America, Australia, and New Zealand, the SIM spread out to other parts of Africa, presenting the gospel via medicine, education, and technology.
"Missionary biographers, husband and wife team Janet and Geoff Benge, catch the sacred excitement of coming alongside the Lord and, no matter what, staying there while the work comes to fruition. Using simple, straightforward narrative, and with an eye for important details and how they fit into the whole picture, the Benges provide a full story, which includes historical veracity, human capacities and fallibilities, and deep spiritual insight and growth. A helpful bibliography ends this volume. The authors rate this book as suitable for ages ten through one hundred. Indeed, all ages will enjoy and profit from reading Rowland Bingham: Into Africa’s Interior." -- Donna Eggett
In an amazing story of vision and faith, God used this willing servant to open a way for the gospel’s light to shine on millions of people once thought beyond reach. (1872–1942)