C. T. Studd, Cricketer And Pioneer
Publisher: LUTTERWORTH PRESS
Nurtured in the lap of comfort, educated at Eton and Cambridge, the hero of the British sport-loving public, C.T. Studd, whose Cambridge career has been described as "one long blaze of cricketing glory", created a stir in the secular world of his youth by renouncing wealth and position to follow Christ. He was captain of the Eton XI in 1879, and of Cambridge University in 1883, being accorded in the latter year (vide The Cricketing Annual) "the premier position as an all-round cricketer for the second year in succession". The illness of a brother brought him face to face with realities and the transitory nature of worldly riches and fame. He obeyed the divine command, "Go thy way, sell that thou hast and give to the poor . . . take up thy cross and follow me", throwing himself into the work which had called him with the same thoroughness and earnestness with which he had learned to "play a straight bat". Henceforward his life was dedicated to the service of God and his fellow men, and the story of his labours and adventures makes an epic of faith and courage against great odds that will be an inspiration to all who rejoice in a tale of high endeavour. C.T.'s life stands as some rugged Gibraltar - a sign to all succeeding generations that it is worthwhile to lose all this world can offer and stake everything on the world to come. His life will be an eternal rebuke to easy-going Christianity. He has demonstrated what it means to follow Christ without counting the cost and without looking back. Alfred B. Buxton, C.T. Studd's co-pioneer in the heart of Africa, From the Foreword Norman Grubb fought in the First World War and was educated at Cambridge, where he founded the Inter-Varsity Fellowship of Evangelical Unions. After graduating, he and his wife served as missionaries in the Belgian Congo, with the World Evangelical Crusade. He played a leading role in setting up the Christian Literature Crusade. In later life, he lived in America, where he was a pivotal member of the WEC.
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