George Stott was a missionary with the China Inland Mission. After arriving in China in 1866, Mr. Stott moved to Wenzhou and began reaching people for Christ. God allowed his ministry to grow and the city of Wenzhou became known as the Jerusalem of China. However, Mr. Stott faced one challenge that most missionaries do not face, he was an amputee.
Around the age of 19, Mr. Stott fell and injured his knee. Two years later, his left leg was amputated. During this difficult time, Mr. Stott got saved. Several years later, Mr. Stott heard of the need for missionaries in China. He applied with Hudson Taylor’s China Inland Mission and when asked why he, with only one leg, should think of going to China, he responded,
“I do not see those with two legs going, so I must.”
When I first read about George Stott, I was amazed. His story and passion for souls, despite his disability, touched my heart. I felt a connection with Mr. Stott. You see, I am also an amputee and I desire to serve Christ. I understand the challenges that amputees face on a daily basis. To be an amputee in 2019 is not easy, but I can’t imagine being an amputee in the 1800’s. The medicine and technology in the 1800s was not nearly as advanced as it is today, but Mr. Stott did not use his disability as an excuse.
Like Mr. Stott, I don’t want to use my disability as an excuse. It would be so easy for me to use my disability as an excuse to not do things. Many people don’t understand the challenges I face on a daily basis. I get many comments that “I make it look easy.” I appreciate those comments, but my life is not easy. I struggle with back, leg, and phantom pain on a daily basis. At times, the pain becomes completely disabling and puts me in bed. I don’t write this seeking empathy, but I write this with hopes that it will encourage you. The truth is we all have our struggles whether anyone knows or not. However, despite the struggles we face, we must live our life to the fullest and for me that means living my life to bring praise and honor to Jesus Christ.
Despite having one leg, I want to serve Christ with all that I have. That is the reason I titled this site, “One Leg for Christ.” Despite my physical disadvantage, I know that God can use me to bring glory to Him, and share his glory with others. I look forward to sharing my journey of serving Christ with you. I do this to bring glory to His name and to encourage other Christians in their walk with the Lord.
What excuses are you using in your life? Christian, what excuses are you using to not serve God as you are called to do? Serving God is not a burden, it is a privilege. Let’s stop with the excuses and get busy serving God and proclaiming the Gospel to our world. Feel free to comment and share how God has helped you to overcome the excuses in your life to serve him.