1921 - 2021
Compelled: A Century of Faith, Love, and Sacrifice is a 20-minute journey focused on God’s faithfulness over CMML’s 100 years of serving US assemblies and their missionaries.
God uses the faithful few who have followed His call to serve in His harvest. This video is only a sample of the many stories of those who followed their Savior—some to their deaths. Even if we told them all, the message would be the same: God is faithful to His mission of building His church.
May these stories fuel our faith; may the love of Christ compel us; may our lives be marked by sacrifice—all for the glory of Christ.
The Early Years 1894-1970
Our roots go back to 1894 when Thomas Melville, Eliza Logan, and Eliza Lennox, with her 12-year-old daughter, Clara, were commended by assemblies in Boston, Buffalo, and New York City respectively to join a team of British missionaries in China.
Around the same time, in 1892, George and Elisabeth Murrain were commended to Angola from British Guyana. At some point later, they were also commended by Grace Gospel Chapel in Brooklyn, New York. CMML served the Murrain family for decades. They are possibly the first Black missionaries to Africa.
In the early 1900's, as American assemblies became more aware of the needs abroad, several missions-focused initiatives began and impacted the formation of CMML
The Merger 1971
In 1971, Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc. was organized as a merger of four missionary service groups
to more efficiently assist the entire assembly missionary effort.
The Growing Years 1972-2020
The merger of the four organizations prompted a number of new initiatives to help grow and encourage the US assembly missionary movement and to support the workers on the field.
The work paid off! In 1967, CMML served 500 workers in 57 countries. By 2005, CMML was serving 731 missionaries in more than 70 countries!
CMML Today 2021-Present
Advancing the spread of the Gospel globally in our second century of service!