It was 1979. We had returned from Japan for our second home assignment, and I was privileged to be invited to attend the Urbana Missions Conference. It was there that I heard David Bryant for the first time. He spoke of his new book In The Gap. I spent the next 10 years reading, praying about and teaching the book.
The title comes from Ezekiel 22:30, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.”
Bryant’s main point was just opposite of the teaching that you look around, find out what God is blessing, and then join him. The book says that we should be World Christians, find out where the gap is the widest, where people are farthest from the gospel, and then you volunteer to stand there for Jesus, whether or not there God’s blessings were visible.
Why am I writing about a book over thirty years old? Well, my copy has long since disappeared. And in a couple weeks I want to preach on this whole principle. So I went on-line and discovered that David Bryant now is giving the book away as an e-book! Go to . I highly recommend this classic!
In our ministry in Japan I often wished I could go someplace where the church was growing, and things were popping. Often in the darkness of the moment the Lord would remind me that He had placed in the wider part of gap. I would thumb through In The Gap, thank God and kept going.