Psalm 25:14The LORD confides in (reveals His mysteries to) those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
I am thinking a lot lately about how Jim and Elisabeth Elliot went to the mission field in the 1950's. With the few attempts at contact with the tribal focus of the Aucas, the 5 men (Jim Elliot, Nate Saint and the others) met their Lord and Saviour. And all they got to share, before the spears were launched, which took their lives? A few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
We know from the subsequent history, that though these five men were martyred, it was Rachel Saint (Nate Saint’s sister) and Elisabeth Elliot whom God used to "break open" a pathway for the gospel to penetrate to the hearts of the Auca Indian tribe.
A few PBJ sandwiches, 5 martyrs, and two women. In the great stories we shall all rejoice in around the throne of Jesus one day, the mysterious way in which God oft times uses the inconceivable for the advancement of His glory, the story of these five will be one of multitudinous chapters therein.
Many a missionary launch was secured by those impacted at this kind of love and radical obedience for the glory of the One who initiated the only true and first love. My husband and I are one of those of whom this story impacted to serve among M*u*slim UPGs.
William Borden set sail for an unreached Muslim people group in northwest China. In the 1920's, William was one of the leaders of the Student Volunteer Movement which had also impacted his own life to become a sent one to the ethne. To the dismay of many in upper society, William was from the privileged tiers of the Vanderbilts, Gettys, Hearsts, and of course, his own family wealth of the Borden Dairy family.
A note from Bible.org...
In 1904 William Borden, heir to the Borden Dairy Estate, graduated from a Chicago high school a millionaire. His parents gave him a trip around the world. Traveling through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe gave Borden a burden for the world’s hurting people. Writing home, he said, “I’m going to give my life to prepare for the mission field.” When he made this decision, he wrote in the back of his Bible two words: No Reserves. Turning down high paying job offers after graduation from Yale University, he entered two more words in his Bible: No Retreats. Completing studies at Princeton Seminary, Borden sailed for China to work with Muslims, stopping first at Egypt for some preparation. While there he was stricken with cerebral meningitis and died within a month. A waste, you say! Not in God’s plan. In his Bible underneath the words No Reserves and No Retreats, he had written the words No Regrets.
Pre-field equipping, along with goodbyes were fresh on the mind of one yielded to go to the "ends of the earth". With the clear thought of the reality of a most likely one way course which lay ahead, for most missionaries of that era, he set sail. Christ was worth every bit of this cost. This great mystery of how God uses the inconceivable for the greatness of His glory, again, was played out in the life of William Borden.
"No reserves, no retreats, no regrets"...
Jake and M** met at a Perspectives Course in 2009. Jake had just lost his first wife to cancer. As he walked through that grief process, the Lord rekindled a passion to recommit his life to Christ, at all levels. A friend suggested he explore what God is doing in history past, and to discover what still needs to be done for God's glory to be declared and demonstrated among the ethne.
M** had been a single parent for most of her kids' growing years. M** was very faithful to walk with Jesus, as well as to cast vision for UPGs. Her role as the Perspectives Course on World Christian Movements coordinator led her to yet another semester of classes.
Jake and M** met and married in 2009. In 2011, they sensed God was leading them to be ones who are sent. Jake, had amassed a highly comfortable lifestyle, complete with loads of accumulated possessions. Having considered the great gain of following Christ, no matter what the cost, they set their course. They joined Beyond in 2011. We took them on a survey among the UPGs which they subsequently came to minister among.
Jake and M** had spent their first 2 years, 2013-2015 with us as their DMM Hub coaches and trainers. They spent another bit of time strengthening their language acquisition and were then ready to land and live in M/BGees UPGs from 2016- 2017.
More traction they were able to make for the launch of cascading movements to Christ was due to the laser focus and faithful trust in the Father to do so.Traction for training, coaching, and further development of local Indonesian partners was something which we observed them to do well.
And yet, after just one year in pocket there, with few else in that small missionary community who have committed to alignment of all that they engage in for the launch of movements, the Lord would take Jake home. Again, another mystery.
This is where prayers come in....we are believing God to raise up 100 new recruits to Beyond for DMM focus among UPGs in the next year alone. Would that God launch a ripple of eternally impactful affect from the home-going of Jake?
In all of this, the reminders of Jim Elliot's words echo..."He is no fool to give what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose." Amen and Amen.