From The Call to Service as he considered leaving for China:
My beloved parents neither discouraged nor encouraged my desire to engage in
missionary work. They advised me, with such convictions, to use all the means in
my power to develop the resources of body, mind, heart and soul, and to await
prayerfully upon God, quite willing should He show me that I was mistaken, to
follow His guidance, or to go forward if in due time He should hope the way to missionary service. The importance of his advice I have often since had occasion
to prove. I began to take more exercise in the open air in strengthen my
physique. My father bed I had taken away, and sought to dispense with as many
other home comforts as I could in order to prepare myself for rougher lines of life.
I began also to do what Christian work was in my power, in the way of tract
distribution, Sunday-school teaching, and visiting the poor and sick, as
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