My ever-cold feet will be the first to testify that winter is here. This weekend a wintery storm blew through the south, canceling classes on Friday and CEC this weekend. I was pretty bummed about the news (specifically the cancelled CEC), but in exchange I spent a nice, warm, super-relaxing weekend with my sweet friend Hayley Hollier. :)
Last night we watched the movie "End of the Spear," followed by the documentary "Beyond the Gates of Splendor," films about the five missionaries that were killed while bringing the Gospel to the Auca tribe in central Ecuador. For those of you who don't know the story: not long later, some of the wives and sisters of the martyred men returned, still with hope that God would save the Aucas. He did. The Gospel changed the lives of the Auca tribe, giving them a reason to live. The Gospel is what the Aucas needed. The Gospel is what so many people still need today.
According to the Joshua Project, there are 6,781 unreached people groups in the world, which is 41.5% of the world's population. I realized as I watched these films that my heart has become cold to the unreached people groups of the world. Sure, I am praying that the Lord would send workers into the harvest fields, but I am often not considering myself as being one of the people He would send. I am thankful that God used the story of these 5 men and their wives to teach me what "beautiful feet" really look like. I am thankful for their sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." -Jim Elliot
Father, please forgive me for my cold heart for the unreached people groups of the world. Lord, I pray that You would send workers out into the harvest field, and that You would reveal Yourself to the people in the world that so desperately need You. Father I thank You for Your Gospel. Please help it to be ever present on my mind and heart, and help me to share it with the people I am around. I praise You for salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus.