Continuing along with the series in which we highlight great men and their contributions to civilization, we must delve into the area of fuels and their crude precursors.
While in Derbyshire, England, James Young, a Scottish chemist, stumbled upon black oil creeping out from the roof of a colliery in 1847. He began experimenting with the fluid and produced various fuels and lubricants. Eventually inventing a way to create a similar substance which he called paraffine.
He made vast amounts of money with his life changing invention which he used to finance further experiments along with funding Scottish missionary David Livingstone as he braved the African continent sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It’s awesome how God uses a man of means to make sure the farm equipment arrives on the land and then uses another man to harness that equipment to plow and sow precious seed.
We all have a part to play in this epic adventure. Oddly, it is typically in retrospect that the role we ourselves have played becomes a little more clear. We should always be ready to work. For we never know when we will be called, nor for what reason we are going to be called.