Wednesday, May 30, 2007
From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya - Ruth A. Tucker
It's a most inspirational book. I finally learn what it means to obey the Great Commission - Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
It is simply awesome. Nowadays people complain about how aggressive Christians are trying to convert them. And children of God get scared. Really, its simply to share the love of God, to be an effective witness for Christ. Just tell them what Christ has done in your life.
Man, Paul was stoned, shipwrecked 7 times, whipped, imprisoned, yet he kept true to his calling. Missionaries have helped saved millions from starvation by providing aid, like World Vision has, and they have also been eaten alive, was it Studd, sailed to islands, never to be heard from again. All to save a world destined for the netherworld. With one life to live, with a cause to die for, they certainly led a glorious life, but were always humble, giving God all the glory.
We see how missions can be bad for individual families, with the heavy commitment upon their shoulders, and how ordinary people lived up to their calling in an awesome way.
This book chronicles the exploits of the major personalities of missionaries in the past 2000 years, and we see how the flow has changed throughout the years.
Excellent book for a believer.