The Chocolate Soldier - C T Studd 1860 - 1931
Charles Thomas Studd was a famous British cricketer turned missionary. C T Studd was one of the Cambridge Band also called the Cambridge Seven—seven members of Cambridge University who offered themselves for service under the China Inland Mission as a result of a visit by the American evangelist D L Moody to the campus in 1884. He spent several years in China and a time in India before going on in his fifties to establish and lead the "Heart of Africa" Mission (HAM).
Difficulties, dangers, disease, death, or divisions don't deter any but Chocolate Soldiers from executing God's Will. When someone says there is a lion in the way, the real Christian promptly replies, "That's hardly enough inducement for me; I want a bear or two besides to make it worth my while to go." Reading the words of C.T. Studd (1860-1931)—Britain’s famous cricketer and missionary to China, India, and Africa—is no easy endeavor. The words are simple but each phrase is packed with a punch that leaves you reeling, convicted, and yet oddly inspired. If Studd argued that his day was filled with "namby-pamby lukewarm" Chocolate Christians, I fear what he would say about our generation today. And yet his call couldn't be more needed: be a true soldier of Jesus Christ and plunge headlong into the world in the power of His Spirit, to proclaim the Gospel and live out the true, historic, and victorious Christian life.