In a recent Staff meeting I shared this account from Don McCullough's "Waking from the American Dream":
During World War-II, England needed to increase its production of coal. Winston Churchill called together labor leaders to enlist their support. At the end of his presentation, he asked them to picture in their minds a parade which he knew would be held in Piccadilly Circus after the war. First, he said, would come the sailors who had kept the vital sea lanes open. Then would come the soldiers who had come home from Dunkirk and then gone on to defeat Rommel in Africa. Then would come the pilots who had driven the Luftwaffe from the sky.
Last, of all, he said, would come a long line of sweat-stained, soot-streaked men in miner’s caps. Someone would cry from the crowd, “And where were you during the critical days of our struggle?”
And from ten thousand throats would come the answer, “We were deep in the earth with our faces to the coal.”
I told our Staff at World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions that they work deep in the earth with their faces to the coal for the cause of the Great Commission. Most days they are unseen. They have a passion for their labors during the "critical days of our struggle."
When you pray for your missionaries, please mention the staff at World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions, and other mission agencies, whose faces are "deep in the earth" for the Soul Effort in which we are engaged.
There are many tasks you will do for the Lord. Most of them will be "deep in the earth" with your faces to the coal. God sees where you are and knows what you are doing.
Keep at it until the battle is over and a crown is received to cast at His feet.