Monday, October 24, 2005

Jungle of Hope

(This photo was not taken in some tropical rainforest but at Hope Valley Day Camp just north of Peterborough, Ontario. Photo is courtesy of my friend, Todd Anderson)

In January 2006 we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the martyrdom of five young men in the jungles of Ecuador. Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, Nate Saint and Jim Elliot were speared to death by the Auca Indians. Five young men who had sensed God’s call to take the Good News to the Ecuadorian interior. Was this a waste? Certainly not! God has mightily used the testimonies of these men to bring others to faith in Christ and many have sensed God’s high call on their lives after reading the accounts of these godly men.

Hope springs forth from the jungled, entwined messes that we find ourselves in when we allow the sovereign God of the universe to have His way. Obey the call of the Master and go where he bids. As the songwriter has so powerfully penned:

“My house is full but my fields are empty!”


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