Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), As a young man he forsook the faith of his parents but, at the age of seventeen, embraced Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. As a British missionary, he founded the China Inland Mission to proclaim Christ for 51 years in every province of China. Heaven was moved and the nation was changed; today the Chinese church is one of the largest, fastest growing churches in the world.
Jim Elliot (1927 -1956, who embraced Jesus at six years of age. As a young adult he felt called to share Christ to the Quechua Indians of Ecuador. While working with them, he heard of an unreached, violent group whose name means ‘savage’ – the Auca Indians. He and four other missionaries made contact with the Aucas.
After receiving encouraging responses to their overtures, the five missionaries landed their small plane along the Curaray, where they established a base. In spite of the seeming friendliness of the Indians, all five young men were speared to death. Even though Jim Elliot’s life was brief, his core belief was expressed in his most well-known quote, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
His powerful witness resounded around the world when he was featured in a Life magazine cover story shortly after his death. His wife, Elizabeth Elliot continued his legacy through writing two biographies that described his life and death, Shadow of the Almighty and Through Gates of Splendor. Heaven was moved and the Aucas were radically, eternally changed.
These are from the book, The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz. Look for more next week