Mission Accomplished

“I have been accused of worse things than that in my life.”

George Robert Crow was a corporal in the United Status Army stationed in France during the World War II. He was born in 1924 in Ohio. After the war, he was sent by the US government to the University of Chicago. Bob Crow was an atheist then. He wanted to prove Christianity was for the birds and so started to write a paper. While reading the book of Romans to write the paper, the Lord zapped him and Bob accepted Christ as his personal Saviour.

Soon after his conversion and completing his BA program in the UC, he began to pastor a church in the hills of WV. He was much influenced by Hudson Tyler, George Muller and Amy Carmichael and their spiritual principle of “living and serving Christ by faith.’ Bob came to India in 1952; chose a very remote, primitive, hot, dusty villiage inAndhra Pradesh as his base to start his missionary work. Someone once commented that there were more poisonous snakes in that village than people. Within the first six months of arriving there, he began to preach in Telugu, the language of that state. Also he spent considerable time learning Hinduism and the Hindu culture.

After a few years, he moved to Secunderabad, a major city in central India. Here he helped to start and build up two local Churches - the Good News Center and the Secunderabad Bible Fellowship; was a regular teacher and preacher in the UESI (IVCF) and the Youth for Christ; travelled all over India teaching and preaching in large Christian conventions and student camps leading many to Christ. When someone once pointed out to Bob, “Hey, Bob, this gentleman claims you led him to Christ”, his response was, “I have been accused of worse things than that in my life”.

As he began to work among the people in Andhra Pradesh in 1952 he soon realised that the language of the then existing Telugu Bible was not the language people used in their daily lives. It was very archaic. The Lord Jesus Christ gave Bob Crow a vision to translate the Holy Bible into spoken Telugu. Into every day Telugu language. A style people understood. So after the Telugu Bible in spoken language was published, The Heavenly Father gave him another vision. To prepare a study Bible for India. Bob Crow and Jeevan began to work on that project - not something copied from a study Bible produced for the West, but writing notes especially for India. Where village pastors and Christians in small towns have no study helps or Biblical resources available.

For the next several years he was engaged in writing notes on the entire Bible, choosing references and making a topical concordance. Altogether this came to nearly 2000 pages. After all this it was translated into Telugu, with the help of India Bible Literature, Grace Ministries (founded by Crow in 1983) published the first Telugu Study Bible in history. Up to now more than 1,00,000 copies of this Study Bible have been distributed. He wrote 5 Books. Dr. J. I. Packer once commented after reading some of Bob Crow's books, "Bob writes like C. S. Lewis."

Bob Crow went to be with his and our Saviour on 2007, May 23rd around 7.45 pm.

Just before I graduated from the University of Chicago, I turned to the Lord Jesus Christ. In Him I found peace and purpose in life, which I had never known before. I realised that God wanted me to serve Him, but I did not know where or how.

During my brief seven months at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago I learned the importance of foreign missions. My interest deepened when I attended a large missionary conference and heard more about God's great program for the earth in this age of grace.

About two years after becoming a Christian, I became the pastor of a Baptist church in Mason County, West Virginia. I began to rouse the interest of church members in foreign missions, inviting missionaries to the church to tell the people about their work. We soon began to support William Taylor who was then serving as a missionary in Costa Rica. His visit encouraged me to think that service in a foreign land might well be the thing God wanted for me. Taylor loaned me two biographies of missionaries who had served in India. William Carey and Amy Carmichael, both of which moved and inspired me. I became the pastor of two more churches, where I brought before the people the great need of many foreign lands for the Gospel of Christ.

The conviction grew on me that I should not be simply telling others of the need, but trying to meet that need myself. This conviction came through the teachings of the Bible and by the Holy Spirit. So I decided to apply to The India Mission. I was accepted and sailed for India in December, 1952.

Why choose India? Because it was the largest and neediest open mission field in the world. I might well have gone to China, had China been open to foreign missionaries. But India was God's place for me, and I have not doubted it from the time I sailed for that land more than 50 years ago. After rising from the dead and before ascending to heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ spent 40 days with His disciples. During this time,He taught them concerning the kingdom of God and instructing them about what they were to do. In each of the Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles we have His final instructions, revealing His heart concerns and what He wants His people to be doing. Here they are:

* Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.. (Matthew 28:19)
* Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
* Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47)
* As the Father has sent me, I also send you. (John 20:21)
* You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8). After evangelizing in one place, the disciples were to move on to others places and lands that needed the Gospel. These commands of the Lord Jesus came with great power to me, as indeed they should to all believers everywhere. I reasoned like this:
* Why should some countries have a great abundance of churches and Christians and Bible schools and colleges and Christian radio programs and publishing houses, and where anyone who wants to hear of Christ and believe in Him can certainly do so, while many areas of the earth remain in gross darkness, without churches, Christians, Christian schools, or the opportunity to hear the Gospel?
* In India and many other parts of the world there are thousands of villages and towns without a single Christian, let alone a church, and where the opportunity of hearing the Gospel of Christ is remote.
* I was young and healthy and knew the Gospel. Should I then remain in the United States, the most heavily evangelized nation on earth, when I could go to places with desperate need of the Gospel and to those who had little or no chance of hearing it?

Is this not both Scriptural and reasonable? The Communists had a slogan, “Go where the revolution needs you most.” Should Christians be less sensible and dedicated?” Paul is the great example of what a Christian and Christian worker should be.

Here is the example he set for us: "I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation, but as it is written, To whom He was not announced, they shall see; and those who have not heard shall understand..." (Romans 15:20,21)

Some may say, But what about the needy person in my own town, down the road from my house, my neighbor? Certainly we are to help them and share the Gospel at every opportunity. But this does not relieve us of the responsibility of taking the Gospel to those in other lands, who have far greater needs and much less opportunity. It does not free us from the final commands of Jesus to His believers.

This is God's great program in this age of grace. This is why I have been a missionary, and why I will encourage others to think in a Scriptural way about all this. To me it is a matter of simple obedience to the Lord's marching orders to His church. If this is not already true of you, I pray that it will become so. May you carry out your duty to do what is in your power so that the whole world, and not merely your little corner of it, has the opportunity to hear the wonderful Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This alone can save from eternal ruin.

Grace Ministries is serving in India, in areas of great need. We work among Hindus, Muslims and tribal people, preaching the Gospel, establishing churches and schools and helping those in need with the few resources we have. With more prayer partnerships and financial resources we could do more. We have a great God, a great commission and great opportunities to serve in India. Let us work together while it is yet day, for the night comes when no man can work.


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