Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Blood of the Martyrs

Before Marina and I went into missionary training with New Tribes Mission in 1981, we read a couple of challenging books by Elizabeth Elliott.

They told the story of a number of young missionaries who went into the jungles of Ecuador in the 1950's to make contact with a group of people who had never heard of the love of Christ. Those first missionaries were killed by the Indians they went to reach.

The books by Elizabeth Elliott were called: Through Gates of Splendor and Shadow of the Almighty. Both books are still available at good bookshops or Amazon.

Another great book, God Planted Five Seeds, by Jean Johnson tells the story of the first five NTM missionaries who, in the 1940's, died while trying to bring Gospel to the Ayore people, an isolated tribe in Bolivia. The death of these men sparked an interest in tribal missions that continues today

God Planted Five Seeds, written by one of the three widows, is the story of how a permanent, friendly contact was established with the Ayore tribe . . . and how the women learned the truth concerning the death of the five men.