Cyril H. Brooks

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 10 - Our First Furlough

CHAPTER 10 Our First Furlough “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31) In faith we made booking to go on furlough in April, 1928, sailing on a Japanese ship from Hong Kong to San Francisco; but it was not until the day we left Manila that we had all the money for our fare.  We had packed and prepared, trusting the Lord to supply this need.  With the money on hand in the morning we booked on a freight...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 11 - The Beginning of Work in San Juan

CHAPTER 11 The Beginning of Work in San Juan “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1Cor. 15:58) Now after the lengthy detour through “Bible land,” let us get back to our search for the next sphere of service.  Our home was in San Juan, a suburb of Manila, but only a block or two from the boundary of another suburb, Manda...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 12 - A Decade of Activity

CHAPTER 12 A Decade of Activity  “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:8) The 1930’s was a busy time, a decade of activity in the work of the Lord.  As it commenced we were just getting started in the work in San Juan.  Though we were away for furlough from 1937 to 1938, the work continued.  It was during that furlough that Lutgardo ...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 2 - Boyhood Days

CHAPTER 2 Boyhood Days “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.” (Psa. 68:5) What is a widow with four children to do when, the day after she has buried her husband, she receives notice to vacate the house they had lived in for years?  Of course, free rental of the house was one of the perquisites that went with her husband’s work on the estate.  So the owner was within his rights.  Nevertheless it was ...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 3 - Life in Canada

CHAPTER 3 Life in Canada “And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.” (Psa. 107:7) Life in Canada was quite different in many ways.  Before leaving England I had become the proud possessor of my first (and only) bowler hat, that very typical Englishman’s headgear.  It didn’t take long to learn that in Canada a bowler hat soon became a target for things more solid than ridicule. Our home in Edmonton consis...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 4 - Service in World War I

CHAPTER 4 Service in World War I “What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed?” (Rom. 6:21) The answer to that question is so obvious!  NONE!  If it were not for the wonderful goodness and love of our gracious Lord during the experience of military service, it would be better to draw a veil over those years.  One of the most unhappy people in the world is the believer who is not living for God.  He gets no joy out of his Christ...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 5 - Call to the Mission Field

CHAPTER 5 Call to the Mission Field “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” (Psa. 32:8) During the months prior to returning home I faced up to the need of a change in my lifestyle.  Getting out of the army and away from army life seemed like a good time to get right with the Lord.  Anyway I was tired of the way I had been living, tired of treating the Lord so despicably in spite of all His wonderf...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 6 - Preparing for the Mission Field

CHAPTER 6 Preparing for the Mission Field “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” (Psa. 138:8) In the early months of 1921, Mr. Tom Baird visited Victoria.  He had formerly been a missionary in Malaya (1893-1906) and was a forceful speaker, much addicted to alliteration.  One of his sayings (quoted from memory): “Oh!  Will my will to will God’s will, t...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 7 - Guidance Regarding the Field

CHAPTER 7 Guidance Regarding the Field “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.” (Psa. 25:4) During the year at school we were much in prayer for guidance as to the sphere of service the Lord planned for us.  Anna’s thoughts had been towards South America while mine were toward either Africa or Portugal.  One morning in December, the student body was in prayer together as was the daily custom.  It seemed as if the Lord said to me, “...

Daily Church Growth

Considerable attention has been given in recent years to Church Growth and Church Planting. This is most commendable because it is also scriptural. However, sometimes the proponents of Church Growth sound as if they had just discovered some new approach and some new objective in missionary work. It is not new to those who have studied missions in the light of the New Testament. On their first missionary journey, Paul and Barnabas evidently encouraged the new believers to gather together in loca...
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