We stand on the foundation of a great cloud of witnesses—faithful men and women who answered the call of ministry in an overseas position to preach, teach, and heal in places around the world. We are thankful for the ways they showed us what it means to love your neighbour around the world in loving partnership.
This is the story of one of our United Church saints: Lucy Winifred Robinson Bryce, principal, educator, and author, who lived in India from 1915 to 1953. Lucy was married to fellow missionary George Bryce. Together they taught at the Indore Christian College in Malwa. Lucy was the principal of the college from 1952 to 1953. In her time at the college, she introduced social work and sociology programs as part of the curriculum.
She had a deep love for India and its people. In her 1945 book India on the Threshold, she reflected on what an independent India would be like. Lucy shared these words in her book: “India is not only setting her house in order, but she is taking her place among the nations of the world. Never again can she be designated ‘faraway India,’ for she is within…flying time from all nations east or west. We who love her, but who, alas, are not of her soil, must be humble in this her great hour… With my hands folded in your own greeting of peace, O India, I bow to you in the threshold of new life.”1
We give thanks for the inspiring foundation of our past!
If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.