Recent I have been rereading the exciting, convicting mission history of the story of the Africa Inland Mission, We Felt Like Grasshoppers by Dick Anderson.
When the mission stated in the late 1800's, of the first 16 missionaries
to Africa, 3 died, 5 were invalided home, and the remaining 8 left the
mission; leaving no missionaries!
It would have been very easy for the Philadelphia home council to have
dissolved the mission, but they didn't. The Council appointed one of
it's members as General Director who then took his family of six to
Africa. In his life time God enabled him to build AIM to over 200
missionaries (presently AIM has over 1200).
May those of us in ministry these days not give up when there are
difficulties, especially when there is a world to reach with the gospel