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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/10/08)

TITLE: Living Life
By Clyde Blakely
01/16/08


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“Cowodi! Cowodi! Cowodi!”

More visitors, Jim thinks, recognizing the Waodoni word for foreigner.

Stopping the preparation of a meal for his four fellow missionaries, he eagerly stands up and turns to greet them.

THUD!

Excruciating pain explodes in his abdomen as a spear pierces through him.

No! The Waodoni are attacking!

Falling, he remembers his wife’s anxiety about going into the savage Auca territory in an attempt to befriend them and tell them of Jesus’ love and forgiveness. “Honey, the natives are afraid of guns. All we have to do is fire in the air and they’ll run,” his words echo in his mind.

She agrees the risks are worth the rewards.

BANG

Good, someone fired the rifle. They’ll run now and no one else will get hurt!

THUD!

“OH! Oh! Ohhhh,” is all that escapes from Jim’s lips as another spear steals air from his lungs.

Darkness…cold…so cold…fading into darkness…c..o..l…

Music…singing… beautiful music…and light…so bright! Warm...comforting warmth!

He feels a gentle, strong hand take his, lifting him out of his dying shell.

“Jim, ‘He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.’ Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

* * * * *

The above quote is Jim Elliott’s, one of the five missionaries killed in Ecuador in 1956. Was what he received through his violent murder better than being able to see his children, grandchildren, and, perhaps, his great grandchildren grow up? After all, he would have made it to heaven either way. What would an earthly future have held for this young missionary?

Killers, Kimo, Mincaye, Dyuwi, Nimonga, Gimade, will be met in heaven by Jim, as will Christian sisters Dawa, Mintake, Epa, Dyuwi, Oncaya, Daymae, Sada, Ana, Ompodae, Marga and her baby Ana Beth, along with Christian brothers Omene, Cogi, Wentae, Gaba, Iniwa, Coba, Paa, Cawaena, Gikita, Dabo, Wiba, Tonae, Tementa, Tidi, Caento, Abou, Tidonae, Omanka, Odae, Tani, Kenta, Amoa, Bai, Nemo, Odoki, and hundreds more former Waodoni warriors who were brought to the Lord through the aftermath of Jim and his friends deaths. Thousands world wide have also been influenced through articles, magazines, books, and movies about Jim's willingness to truly live life in God’s plan.

Surely, Jim IS no fool.


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Sara Harricharan 01/18/08
You brought this little piece to light here. I'm glad to see of a good choice, resulting in an even greater ripple in the race to share the Lord with everyone...through example! Great stuff ^_^
Colin Swann01/21/08
Great Christian event! He certainly would have missed a handful from the Lord had he not been obedient. Thanks for reminding us and thanks for sharing.
Beth LaBuff 01/22/08
While growing up, I remember hearing about the five who were martyred. I know many went to the mission field as a result of their sacrifice. This is a wonderful illustration of a bird in the hand. I especially like your description of Jim Elliot "waking" in heaven. Beautiful writing.
Henrietta W. Romman01/22/08
Thank you! Here you have for us an awesome narration for more glory for the God of Glory.

One of our African sayings is, "Fire begets ashes--and the same ashes can be a greater cause for more FIRE!"

This was Jim's life in a nutshell. His death led to more fire ignited for the Lord's cause and His loving concern for the world!HALLELUJAH!