A missionary returning home after many years of service was asked, "Tell me what you found when you arrived in New Guinea."
"Found, I found something that looked more hopeless than if I had been sent into a jungle of tigers."
"What do you mean?"
"Why, the people seemed utterly devoid of moral sense. If a mother were carrying her little baby and the baby began to cry, she would throw it into the ditch and let it die. If a man saw his father break his leg, he would leave him by the roadside to suffer by himself. They had no compassion whatever. They didn't even know what the word meant."
"Well, what did you do for them?"
"I thought it best to show them my faith by my works! When I saw a baby crying, I picked it up and consoled it. When I saw a man with a broken leg, I sought to mend it. When I found people distressed and hungry, I took them in, comforted them, and fed them. Finally they inquired, 'What does this mean? Why are you doing this for us?' Then I had my chance, and I preached the gospel!"
"Did you succeed?"
"My friend," said the missionary, "when I returned home on furlough, I left a church!"