Just A Missionary

Apostolic Missionaries are the only Angels (Messengers) that most men will ever see.

 

   

JUST A MISSIONARY

BY George Duke

 

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

 

 

      INDEX

5-    Song I’ll Go where you want me to Go

6-    Foreword

7-    How to reach people in a foreign land

9-    Every Member is a Missionary

12-  My Appointment as a Missionary

22-  Arrival on the Field

25-  Resurrection of Sister Barker

31-  Missionary Roy Lindo

32-  Missionary Hilda Allen

34-  Irish Club

36-  Move to the Townfield House

37-  The Guild Hall

41-  The Missionary Taco?

44-  Wycliffe Bible Center

48-   Hari Krishna Missionaries ?

51-   The Missionary Tithe

53-   Tithing the past the present the future

59-   Song It’s For Me

60-   The Baptism of Billy Graham

64-   The U.S. Air Force

68-   The Specialist

70-   Overseas

79-   I Married an Alien

81-   The End of my Air Force Career

83-   The British Board

84-   Missionary Carnegie

86-   Missionary Mervyn Miller

90-   Missionary Lloyd Edwards

92-   Missionary S.G. Sappleton

95-   Missionary David Campbell

99-   Missionary Fred Turley

102-  4 Views of Revelation / PP Pictures

118-  Missionary James Dallas

121-  Missionary Leroy Francis

123-  Trinity Reformed Church

128-  Tent Crusade in the Park

132-  Missionary Dennis Beedie

134-  Missionary Michael Joules

137-  Missionary Arlo Mohlenpah

138-  Missionary On Deputation

140-  The Texas Mission   144- Fake Tongues

153-  The Return of the Missionary

156-  The Attempt in Newport Wales

160-  The Lydney Church

167-   Missionary Helen Diamond

174-   Missionary Fred Plumb

181-   Missionary Paul’s Excerpt

193-   Missionary Robert Phillips

197-   Missionary Don Johnson (song)-199

201     Newmarket Fred and Me

205-   Missionary Rhona Williams

208-   The Falkirk Report       215- Kelleys

219-   Accepted trinity Vs Apostolic Trinity

242-   Missionary Harold and Vivian Caffee

250-   About

Song I’ll Go where you want me to Go

(1) It may not be on the mountain’s height,
Or over the stormy sea;
It may not be at the battle’s front
My Lord will have need of me.
But if by a still, small voice He calls
To paths I do not know,
I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in Thine,
“I’ll go where You want me to go.”

Refrain:
I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord,
Over mountain, or plain, or sea.
I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord.
I’ll be what You want me to be.

(2) Perhaps today there are loving words
Which Jesus would have me speak;
There may be now, in the paths of sin,
Some wand’rer whom I should seek.
O Savior, if Thou wilt be my Guide,
Tho’ dark and rugged the way,
My voice shall echo the message sweet,
I’ll say what you want me to say. [Refrain]

(3) There’s surely somewhere a lowly place
In earth’s harvest fields so wide
Where I may labor thro’ life’s short day
For Jesus, the Crucified;
So, trusting my all to Thy tender care,
And knowing Thou lovest me,
I’ll do Thy will with a heart sincere,
I’ll be what You want me to be. [Refrain]

FOREWORD

As I write these words I have to ask myself the question should I title this book Just a Missionary or Memoirs of a Missionary. There are many types of Missionaries. Normally we think of a missionary as one that leaves his land and travels to a foreign country to preach the gospel message. But there are also those that are called home missionaries that go to a city and pioneer a new work of God. My definition of a Missionary is anyone that sacrifices and preaches the Gospel message of the Lord Jesus Christ. As you read this book please note that the stories I share are all based on memory so there could be some minor errors that I am not aware of. Also I have tried to give credit to all that served in the UK during the time that we served. All of these were Hero’s of the faith in Great Britain.

HOW TO REACH PEOPLE IN A NEW LAND

By George Duke

 

As a former Missionary that pioneered new works throughout the British Isles I would like to share with you some of the suggestions that will help you in your ministry in a new land among a new people. During my tenure on the foreign field I made a lot of errors that resulted in my losing some even though I was able to win some. I would like to list some helpful suggestions that will benefit you if you desire to be a soul winner in a new land and especially if you are an American Apostolic.

1-Forget about your Nationality and learn to become one with the people you are to minister too.

2-Follow the Apostle Paul’s word’s  found in

1 Corinthians 9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. 19-For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20-And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21-To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22-To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23-And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

3-Learn their language

4-Learn their ways and customs

5-Preach only what is true and proven in salvation and in standards. If you have certain dress standards teach them by setting the example in your daily living

6-Remember they may not enjoy loud microphones and thundering or booming speakers. Jesus never used a loud speaker or a mike; neither did any of the Apostles

7-Show them love and respect in all things

8-Do not force people to the Altar invite them instead. The acceptance of Salvation, miracles, and/or healing must be their decision. Jiggle their heart and not their throat.

9-Reveal to them the power of the new birth and the name of Jesus Christ

10-Allow Jesus Christ to lead and guide you in all things.

There have been so many Missionaries that have done so much for the work of God in reaching the souls of mankind throughout the world. I want to share with you some of the Missionaries that I met while I was a Missionary in the UK. Many Missionaries pay a high price in order to obey God and their calling. Remember that a Pastor, Preacher, or even a Missionary is human just like you and I. Also many times their children suffer because of the parents calling.  We should recognize that when one becomes a missionary it is a decision that they make but their children do not always have a choice. They must go where their parents take them and many times they become the often unrecognized missionary in the family. They suffer much for that calling of God placed upon their lives because of their parents. Many times I have had to listen to my children speak about persecution in the school by teachers or other children just because they were American or a Christian. I would like to dedicate this book to my children and thank them for all the work that they did to help Carol and I to be successful Missionaries. My heart reaches out to them for their suffering and pain because God called me to be just a Missionary.  God bless each of you Mark Clifford Duke, Debra Ann Duke Dominguez, Susan Lorraine Duke Goodhall, and Rebecca Elizabeth Duke Schadt. My prayer is that each of you would be able to forgive and forget the terrible times in your lives where you might have suffered so much. I would also like to dedicate this book to Sister Hilda Allen and her family. I pray that as you read this book that you would strive to see an ordinary man that had a humble beginning and a life filled with sin changed by the power of God. Initially the wicked life that he was living was interrupted by a voice that cried out to him. I believe that in every life there is that same voice that speaks to us. It might be in a silent mode when we are in a dangerous situation or it may be in the middle of the night as we dream or when our inability to sleep is interrupted by a fright in the night. It also might be in those moments that we face injury or even death. There is one fact that we must face in this life and that is that God will speak to us for so long and if we continue to reject him eventually he will allow us to go in our own direction because he knows our future. Our God is all knowing. He is the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God. He is the creator of all things.

One of the great hindrances in the work of God today is political correctness.  Sometimes a missionary may have to have a meeting that makes it possible for him to reach a certain type of culture. It does not make him or her racialist. It’s call wisdom. The bible says He that winneth souls is wise.” — Proverbs 11:30.  Because of his love for all people he can sometimes be thought of in the wrong way. Missionaries have to become all things to all men but they must not be a partner with sin or hate. I have tried to give you accounts as accurate as possible regarding the stories, people, and events that you read here.  As you read this book please note the many lives of others that God used to help us at the same time that we were in his service. Truly God uses those that will submit their will to Him. I consider all of them as true missionaries.

My Appointment as a Missionary

It was the day before the General conference when I had been able to obtain an appointment with the Foreign Missions Board. For many years I had waited for this day. As I waited impatiently outside the room where the Foreign Missions board was holding their interviews for the foreign missions field I began to think about all of the many events that had led me to this moment when the door opened and the Secretary asked me to come in and meet the board. Slowly with hesitant steps I made my way to the chair where I would be seated but before I sat down the director greeted me then pointed out the members that would decide my fate. It was a lot like my days as a cop when I would have to go before a judge or hearing committee and be queried in regards to an arrest where there was a person that was injured during their arrest. Even though I had very few resisting arrests some of the people I had arrested were involved in scuffles with the officer that I had turned them over too such as the driver of the squad car or paddy wagon when I was walking a beat. Most of our policemen were great cops but there were a few that were rotten to the core. This is true on any type of job, secular or religious that we are involved with. So as I looked around the room I heard the director ask me to be seated. After being seated I was asked to relate to the board why they should appoint me as a missionary. I then begin to share with them how God had spoken to me and placed this burden in my heart. After sharing my desire and burden with them they began to ask me questions and finally the interview ended with the director informing me that the board would make their decision and he would inform of me of their decision. Waiting can really be a dangerous situation. I had been in many awful moments as a cop but I think I was more shaken up waiting for the answer from the board. The next day finally the answer came. No, they would be unable to appoint me.  I could hardly believe what I was hearing because I knew that God had called me to be a missionary. After being in the conference we flew back to Galveston and resumed our duties in the church. We had tried to keep the meeting to our selves but there were a few in the church that had found out about it and now they appeared happy that we were not leaving. Day after day though I would question the Lord as to why Lord, if you called me, why was I, not appointed. My world almost crashed when I had gotten that news in September 1971 that the UPC FMD had turned down my application. I did not know what to do or where to turn.  Well, a few months later I found out that the FMB were going to be in Houston, Texas and would be accepting applications again for missionary appointments. So I decided to purchase a ticket and fly over to England and meet with the district director there. After I had explained to him my dilemma, he looked at me and said that he would be happy to recommend me for an assistant Missionary appointment. As I thought about this I knew that the title did not matter. So happily, I flew back to the USA and made application to the Foreign Missions Board. I remember the day that I met with them in Houston which was only 45 miles from Galveston. As I waited in the reception room for my second application to receive my appointment I remember a long wait and then the secretary came in and said you can come in now. As I walked in I wondered if I might be able to convince them that they needed me as an assistant missionary. I shall never forget in that meeting what the director of Foreign Missions said when he found out what the district director had requested regarding an Assistant Missionary appointment for me. We do not have appointments for Assistant Missionary’s he told the board. I have been told in the past by some of the British ministers that they did not want American Missionaries, but here we have a recommendation for Brother Duke to be able to come over and be an Assistant Missionary. If they can accept an American Assistant Missionary, then they can accept an American Missionary. Brother Duke, what are your plans for your Missionary work in the UK?  My answer was I would like to pioneer new works. The next day I found out that my family and I had been appointed as Missionaries to the British Isles. So in the Foreign Missions service many people were surprised when the director of Foreign Missions began to announce the names of those that had been appointed. It was a very proud moment in our lives when we heard our name called and we marched out on the platform to be introduced as one of the Missionary’s under appointment. We had to travel for 6 months to raise our partners in missions then we traveled to Saint Louis for our final briefing. Now the time had finally come to fly to London England to begin our foreign missionary service.