~To The Regions Beyond
testimony appeared in an issue of Power magazine under the title
“What a Song Did for Me”—
years ago, while in high school in the Philippines, I dedicated my life
for full-time service. Since then, I finished high school, college, and
completed a year of seminary.
this schooling, my original call remained clear—to minister to the
overseas Chinese in the Philippines.
I felt that first the Lord would have me complete seminary training in
One Sunday, just before I went to America for this training, two
girls sang a duet in our church youth group. They sang:
the regions beyond I must go I must go;
the story has never been told:
the millions that never have heard of His love,
must tell the sweet Story of old.
speaker, a missionary, then stood up and asked: ‘Did you really mean
what you sang?’
far as I was concerned, his question put me on the spot, for I
had hummed and nodded approval during the song. Could I, the youth
advisor, truthfully declare that I had fully meant every word of the
much thought, I renewed by His grace my earlier dedication to go to the
Chinese in the Philippines.
I applied for my visa to the United States, the American consul asked
me, ‘Do you intend to return here to the Philippines following your
studies in the United States?’
told him that I did.
a friend asked, “If you were offered a comfortable pastorate with many
opportunities for service in America after graduation, would you accept
shook my head. I have already been called to the Philippines. I will not
go elsewhere, unless God should lead. I thank the Lord for calling me to
rededication through that song.
To the regions beyond I must go, I must go
the story has never been told
the millions that never have heard of His love
must tell the sweet story of old.
Chorus To the regions beyond
I must go, I must go,
the world, all the world, His salvation shall know.
To the hardest of places He calls me to go,
thinking of comfort or ease;
world may pronounce me a dreamer, a fool,
if the Master I please.
Oh, ye that are spending your leisure and pow’rs
pleasures so foolish and fond;
from your selfishness, folly and sin,
go to the regions beyond.
There are other “lost sheep” that the Master must bring,
they must the message be told;
sends me to gather them out of all lands,
welcome them back to His fold.
Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos
Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.