A brilliant oarsman, the most famous cricketer of the day, two army officers, and three more young men gave up fame, fortune, friends, aspirations, and dreams to shine the light of God in China. Seven in the face of numerous backslides overcame their mistakes and set a torch ablaze in China. All these wouldn’t have been possible if not for two people: D.L. Moody, and Harold Schofield.
Harold Schofield a missionary in China was a man of prayer. But while praying the subject that always came up was for more missionary recruits to preach the gospel in China. If not for his fervent prayers the Cambridge Seven might have never had a burden to preach the gospel in China.
D.L. Moody, one of the greatest gospel evangelist this world had ever seen. He played a vital role in the creation of the Cambridge Sevens because if not for his preaching most of the Seven might have never gotten to know the Lord.
These are the Seven:
Stanley Peregrine Smith, a brilliant oarsman in fact the best in Cambridge but had a weak chest that made his rowing feats all the more astonishing. He accepted Christ at the age of 13 while listening to D.L. Moody. He aspired to be a Church of England parson sometime after getting saved. But, at the age of 18 it was an ineffective struggle to live up to that expectation. His days at Cambridge University were mostly spent with the Seven which helped greatly through hard times. Because of their help, the Seven was founded by Stanley Peregrine Smith.
Montagu Beauchamp an oarsman in the same boat Smith rowed was a great help to Smith and stirred back Smith’s passion and faith. Although he stirred back Smith’s faith and passion he was quite lukewarm in his faith. Smith noticed it and prayed with a friend over him and Beauchamp became a firebrand for God.
William Cassels, a bachelor of arts and studying for his deacon’s examination at Cambridge was a strong support to Smith was so selfless in his service that he was set for a steady career of Christian service.
Cecil Polhill Turner and his brother Arthur Polhill Turner both left home to study at Cambridge. Aurthur a cricketer and footballer came to accept Christ while listening to D.L. Moody at a meeting and developed a passion to preach the gospel in China. Meanwhile, Cecil joined the Army and went to Germany and although he was a fervent believer his faith had almost waned beyond repair. But a burden for China likewise overwhelmed him.
William Hoste, a man who was part of the Army and operated a battery at the Isle of Wight came home on leave. When he arrive there were a couple of D.L. Moody meeting’s going on and Hoste attended. But, he could not bring himself to accept Christ until the last night of the series of meetings that the guilt overwhelmed Hoste and he accepted Christ.
C.T. Studd the son of a rich man and bred in luxury all his life. He was the best cricketer in England and was saved but was selfish and never told anyone about Christ. Soon, his love for God began to grow cold until sickness befell his brother and he realized how riches are worthless and he repented before God.
All these men gave up their careers and everything that had meaning to the world to risk their lives in a back country preaching the gospel. But the end of the Seven is a bit sad with them dispersing away from each other because of arguments or misunderstandings. But their sacrifice didn’t end there it gave birth to the Cambridge Seventy! A group of Seventy students who came together to follow in the path of the Cambridge Seven.
In this book I learnt that there is no sacrifice too great or too small to give for the gospel. Also, whatever you do to spread the gospel will keep producing fruit like Schofield’s prayers, and D.L. Moody’s preaching.