Nate Saint, one of the five missionaries martyred in the jungles of Ecuador in 1956, before leaving Quito had delivered a premonitory sermon on the subject of expendability. He said: “During the last war we were taught that, in order to obtain our objective, we had to be willing to be expendable, and many lives were spent paying the price of our redemption from the bonds of political slavery…….
We know that there is only one answer when country demands that we share in the price of freedom – yet when the Lord Jesus asks us to pay the price for world evangelization, we often answer without a word. We cannot go. We say it cost too much……..Missionaries constantly face expendability.”
Then he was sent to the Auca Indians. /the missionaries knew them to be savages, so they used “Jacob’s tactics.” They dropped gifts while flying over their territories. They received gifts in return. On the last flight, the natives put a beautiful parrot in the bag let down from the plane with a rope.
Then five missionaries landed among the Aucas.” Saint was one of them. First they had a happy encounter. The next day they were killed. Betty Elliot, one of the wives of the martyred, wrote that same evening, “ Nothing was more burning in Jim’s Heart than that Christ should be named among the Aucas.”
Choose one nation, one tribe, one social category to the service of which, for Christ, you would dedicate your heart. You might not be called to go as a missionary to them, but you can be a co- missionary through your prayers, Spreading the news about the mission, and helping financially from your earnings.