Thursday, February 12, 2009

Missionary Song

This song was used by missionary friends of ours for their Commissioning Service. With their permission, I am sharing it with you. I especially like stanzas 3-5.

Speed Thy Servants
by Thomas Kelly

Speed Thy servants, Savior, speed them;
Thou art Lord of winds and waves;
They were bound, but Thou hast freed them;
Now they go to free the slaves:
Be Thou with them, ’tis Thine arm alone that saves.
Be Thou with them, ’tis Thine arm alone that saves.

Friends, and home, and all forsaking,
Lord they go at Thy command,
As their stay Thy promise taking,
While they traverse sea and land:
O be with them; lead them safely by the hand.
O be with them; lead them safely by the hand.

When they reach the land of strangers,
And the prospect dark appears,
Nothing seen but toils and dangers,
Nothing felt but doubts and fears,
Be Thou with them, hear their sighs and count their tears.
Be Thou with them, hear their sighs and count their tears.

When no fruit appears to cheer them,
And they seem to toil in vain,
Then in mercy, Lord, draw near them,
Then their sinking hopes sustain:
Thus supported, let their zeal revive again.
Thus supported, let their zeal revive again.

In the midst of opposition
Let them trust, O Lord, in Thee;
When success attends their mission,
Let Thy servants humbler be:
Never leave them till Thy face in Heav’n they see.
Never leave them till Thy face in Heav’n they see.

There to reap in joy forever,
Fruit that grows from seed here sown;
There to be with Him, Who never
Ceases to preserve His own;
And with gladness give the praise to Him alone.
And with gladness give the praise to Him alone.

--Posted By David and Kristi Flinck to Chilejournal


A boy in a desert village, with a pair of shoes given by a US church to Bible Methodist Missions.


Young ladies in the village.

Reading Bibles donated by Mark Simmons of the Alabama Bible Methodist Conference.


Visiting outside their homes.



Cooking lunch.





5 comments:

sankey family said...

Wow - that's an awesome song. My heart was touched just reading it. Do you know the tune? If not, we'll have to research it. Thanks for sharing this. I had seen it on Flinck's blog, but hadn't read it all.

Janet Sankey said...

Great song...would love to hear you all sing it!!! I miss you so much. Love, Mom

~Heather~ said...

Very good song! I too was wondering what the tune was...it would be a good song to sing.

Happy Valentine's day tomorrow. I plan to comment on your birthday post too. =)

Phillip D said...

Yes, excellent song. Heather wanted me to read it. I'm glad I did. I went to http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/p/speedthy.htm and looked it up. The tune is GUIDE ME OH THOU GREAT JEHOVAH. Very appropriate. We appreciate you all up there in Mexico. May your fruit be multiplied and remain. John 15:16

Christian love,
Phillip

Vonnie said...

What an awesome song! Love the words so much. Great pictures too... they just looks so authentic! :)