Eric Ludy's sermons. He often talks about "The Mighties." Oh, how I want to be known for the legacy of faith I've set...oh, how woefully short I fall on that account.
But I think there is so much to be learned by reading about those who have sacrificed so much for their faith.
To that end, I would love to start a Heroes of the Faith book club. Readings would be on a quarterly basis.
The first book I would like to read is Through Gates of Splendor by the late Elisabeth Elliot. In future we may vote on book club picks.
I definitely felt a leading towards this particular book. I talked to several online friends about reading about Heroes of the Faith in December. I felt several confirmations along the way as Renee Ann talked about the Elliots on her blog, I heard radio programs about Nate Saint, and even my homeschool reading matched up.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose," so claimed Jim Elliot, martyred missionary to the Auca Indian tribes. He was also Elisabeth Elliot's first husband, one of my Titus 2 women heroes.
Not only did these men give their lives for the salvation of the Auca Indians, but many of their family members returned to witness a short time later.
Nate Saint's son, Steve Saint, currently appears in interviews with Mincaye. Mincaye is one of the men who killed his father. As a result of Steve's witness, Mincaye is a strong man of faith today. The Elliot and Saint families' ministries have continued to bear fruit.
Renee Ann has posted some wonderful posts about Elisabeth Elliott. Be sure to check them out here and here.
If you're interested, please post a comment here. We will start discussion Saturday April 30th. In the meantime we will definitely have some discussion about the Elliots. Through Gates of Splendor is an older book. It should be easy to find at most libraries.
I hope many readers will join in. I'm excited to learn more about this passionate martyr of the faith!
And if you like this idea, please spread the word!