In 1958, Morris Plotts resigned his church in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and sailed to Kenya. While visiting one of the missions there, Plotts heard of a tribe who had never heard the gospel.
“I don’t want to go where the gospel has already been preached. I am happy to blaze a trail.”
“Lead me to them!” Plotts told a missionary friend.
When they arrived, Plotts found that the Holy Spirit had already prepared his way. The chief of the tribe welcomed Plotts after hearing of a blind beggar in the marketplace who had regained his sight after Plotts had prayed for him.
“At our meeting, the chief looked at me, pointed at me, and said suddenly, ‘You build me a church!'” Plotts would continue the work of church planting during his years as a missionary in Kenya.
The Africans whom Plotts befriended affectionately called him “Bwana Tembo,” which means “Lord Elephant,” because of Plotts’ big feet.
Evangelistic ministry and church planting happened wherever he went, and by the time he retired at eighty-three, Plotts had traveled over two million miles and raised more than three million dollars for missions.