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After serving as a missionary for forty years in Africa, Henry C. Morrison became sick and had to return to America. As the great ocean liner docked in New York Harbor there was a great crowd gathered to welcome home another passenger on that boat. Morrison watched as President Teddy Roosevelt received a grand welcome home party after his African Safari.

Resentment seized Henry Morrsion and he turned to God in anger, "I have come back home after all this time and service to the church and there is no one, not even one person here to welcome me home."

Then a still small voice came to Morrison and said, "You're not home yet."  

HENRY CLAY MORRISON
1857 - 1942

Henry Morrison was born May 30, 1842 in Montgomery county, Tennessee. His parents died when he was very young and he was raised by his grandparents. The rugged religious atmosphere and the constant spirit of revival throughout the Blue Grass region made a profound impression upon him. It awakened his consciousness to his need of Christ and the assurance of deliverance from sin. About the age of 11, he was converted and soon after felt the call to the ministry. Although he made no attempt to preach for about eight years, he was much occupied with church work. At the age of 19, he was licensed to preach and demonstrated the validity of his call.

He entered the ministry in 1865 and served for twenty-one years in the Louisville Conference. For four years he was pastor of the First Church, Atlanta. He was elected missionary secretary in 1890 and was re-elected four years later. During his last term as missionary secretary he raised one hundred and forty thousand dollars and paid off the debt on the Board of Missions.
In his work as a circuit rider and station pastor, he was called to one of the most responsible Methodist churches in Kentucky. He eventually left the pastorate to give himself to the work of evangelism and to the publishing of a religious paper called, The Old Methodist, which later became The Herald. Morrison's evangelistic leadership in Methodism grew rapidly from Kentucky to most of the other states and foreign lands. A contemporary said of him, "To him was given by God a heart to move the multitude, a mind to think God's thoughts, and a voice to rouse his century, his church, and his country."

The camp meeting became one of his chief instruments; and perhaps no other man ever gave more time or effective leadership to this phase of evangelism than he. In addition to this, he served as President of Asbury Theological Seminary in 1923. William Jennings Bryan said, "I regard H. C. Morrison the greatest pulpit orator on the American continent." And at Morrison's death in 1942, it was written of him, "... a tall tree has fallen in the forest, but it went down with a great shout of victory. He died as he lived ... in the midst of a campaign for souls."

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