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South America They That Have Not Heard By Mike Leonard Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand (Romans 15:20–21). The Apostle Paul understood clearly his mission in life was to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This calling was not intended to be conducted in an arena of convenience but rather a ministry encountering life endangering hardships for the sake of the Gospel. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake (Acts 9:15–16). Paul speaks of his hardships in 2 Corinthians chapter eleven. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches (24– 28). Amidst Paul's hazardous calling, he was not only obedient but very effective in his commission. According to Romans 10:18…their sound went into all…the ends of the world. In 1792 Missionary William Carey wrote an eighty-seven page manuscript entitled An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians, To Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens. In Carey's investigation of modern missions during the 18th century, he posed the following thoughts to his readers: Our Lord Jesus Christ, a little before his departure, commissioned his apostles to Go, and teach all nations; or, as another evangelist expresses it, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. This commission was as extensive as possible, and laid them under obligation to disperse themselves into every country of the habitable globe, and preach to all the inhabitants, without exception, or limitation. It must undoubtedly strike every considerate mind, what a vast proportion of the sons of Adam there are, who yet remain in the most deplorable state of heathen