“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep
to gain that which he cannot lose.“
Missionary Jim Elliott
Jim Elliott and three other missionaries were flown into a remote Ecuadorian jungle by Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) pilot Nate Saint in 1956. They never left the beach upon which they landed to make contact with and hopefully evangelize the native Waodani Indians. Within three days of their landing, they were speared to death by the Waodani. Nate Saint’s legacy lives on decades later at the MAF Training Center in Nampa, ID.
Nate Saint’s plane was buried by the Waodani and remained hidden for 38 years. In the Movie, The End of the Spear, the story is told of Nate’s son, Steve, returning to the beach where his father was martyred. Steve was only 5-years old when his father was killed. The man who killed his father, now a born-again Christian, tells Steve the heart-wrenching story of that fateful day and shows Steve his father’s buried plane. The remnants of the plane now reside at the MAF Center; (see image above).
We are here to help the mission in whatever way they might need. Katie may be helping with office work and helping to bake for a Mobilization meeting next week. Bruce has already helped with the weekly “Mow Monday.” Mow-Monday being an all-hands-on-deck weekly chore to take care of the lawns and landscaping. We are not sure how we will be used while we are here, but we are here to serve. Hopefully, we will better understand Nate’s friend’s quote as we attempt to give some of what we cannot keep, to gain what we will never lose. 🤠 🤗