Daily Topic for July 03, 2006
Everywhere today men live in bondage, serving their idols in fear and uncertainty. They are ignorant of their Creator-the God who loved them to the point of sending His only Son to die for their sins, that they might be delivered from this bondage. “Whoever will call upon the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on Him…of whom they have never heard, and how can they hear without a preacher…?”
O God, raise up workers from our midst to proclaim the risen Christ to peoples who now worship worthless idols.
(Continued from yesterday)
But Paul did not die. Though still very weak from malaria, he immediately began to show films of their work in Malaysia. Gradually he gathered around himself a group of men, many of whom had been led to the Lord through Paul Rader’s ministry.
Thus God brought together through Fleming “not many mighty, not many noble,” but a cross section of ordinary Christians to help spread the gospel by forming New Tribes Mission in the spring of 1942. In late autumn of that year the first group of 10 adults and six children sailed for Bolivia. Paul reflected in the early 1940s, “God does not want to make one man big with a lot of blessings, but He wants to bless a lot of little men by using their lives.”
In October 1943, five men from the original missionary party of New Tribes, Cecil Dye, Bob Dye, Dave Bacon, George Hosback, and Eldon Hunter, started on what they thought was their final thrust into the “green hell” of the Bolivian jungle to make contact with the Ayore tribe. But they never returned. Spouses and loved ones struggled to accept God’s peace in the midst of suspense. Years later, when friendship was established with a neighboring tribe, their fears were confirmed that the five men had been killed.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that missionaries will have courage to face dangerous situations.-AL