Last night I finished Jungle Pilot, a biography of Nate Saint, the pilot who was killed along with four other missionaries by the Waodani (Auca) Indians in 1956.
The book is not especially sad and has a good bit of humor and warmth. But there were a couple of sentences at the end of the book which struck deep emotional chords somewhere in the recesses of my soul. In reading each of these sentences, I burst into tears. I’m glad I was alone because I am not that uninhibited with my emotions.
The story of these five missionary couples is one of the most stirring stories I know. These were men, and women, of whom the world is not worthy (Hebrews 11:38). They were real heroes. Heroes!
I think about some of the actors and athletes and singers that we are so enamored with today. These celebrities are not to be compared with true heroes like Jim Elliot and Nate Saint. They were not perfect, of course. But they had an unusual passion for Jesus and an intense desire to see this small, dangerous tribe of Indians reached with God’s love.
I would encourage you to read at least one of the following four books. I list them in my order of recommendation:
Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot. This was the first book and the most-often read book. It is superb, one of the best books I have ever read. It is a gripping account of an amazing story. You will be deeply touched. (WoodsEdge has ordered 100 copies of this book, which we will sell for $6 each.)
Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot. This is the life and letters and journal entries of Jim Elliot. Jim Elliot was a twentieth-century Paul. This book is on the top five list of books that have impacted me.
Jungle Pilot by Russell Hitt. This is the biography of Nate Saint. The first half of the book is average. The second half, when the Saints are in Ecuador, is exciting.
The Journals of Jim Elliot. For the serious student of Jim Elliot’s life and ministry, Elisabeth Elliot has compiled a more extensive set of his journal writings.