I close with what a Canadian student said to me. I think he is the bravest man I have ever seen. He fought on Vimy Ridge*. A piece of shell cut an artery in his leg; he had a temporary bandage and he lay out in the open for several days. Nobody knows why he did not bleed to death. He was taken to hospital and nursed back to health. His commandant said, “You must not go back again to the front.” He went, and one of his eyes was shot out. After that his first thought was, “Now I can go on with my preparation in the medical school and enter upon service for Christ in Africa.”
He was a Student Volunteer. He was sent home to England, and when he got well the general in command of the Canadian troops said that on no account must he go back to the front. He was with his brigade when the Armistice was signed; he has been decorated twice, he has been offered staff appointments, but his answer is, “I am a Student Volunteer for missionary work, and once I am free, that is my work.” When I met him he said,” My widowed mother needs my support, but this June my sister will graduate, and she can look after mother; then I am off for Africa,” and I believe that man is going to be another David Livingstone.
We must bleed to bless if this world is going to be changed. We need men and women of that spirit at home, and also abroad, to go, who are ready to pay the price. “Why call ye Me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” He died for all, that those who live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him Who died for them and rose again. (2 Cor 5.15)
July 1925, Keswick
*The Battle of Vimy Ridge (April 1917) was part of the Battle of Arras, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, during the First World War. The main combatants were the four divisions of the Canadian Corps in the First Army, against three divisions of the German 6th Army.