Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Who's your model?

Role Model, that is.  Of course, being Christian, Jesus is clearly tops.
But how about earthly inspiration?

Here's one of mine, an amazing woman with an incredible life story.


From her website, about her first husband Jim Elliot and Operation Auca:

       Jim Elliot, whom I had met at Wheaton, also entered tribal areas with the Quichua Indians. In nineteen fifty three we were married in the city of Quito and continued our work together. Jim had always hoped to have the opportunity to enter the territory of an unreached tribe. The Aucas were in that category -- a fierce group whom no one had succeeded in meeting without being killed. After the discovery of their whereabouts, Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death.
Our daughter Valerie was 10 months old when Jim was killed. I continued working with the Quichua Indians when, through a remarkable providence, I met two Auca women who lived with me for one year. They were the key to my going in to live with the tribe that had killed the five missionaries. I remained there for two years.

You can read her and Jim's story in Through Gates of Splendor, and End of the Spear (also a movie).
Who are some of your role models?


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