Reaching Our World

By Charles R. Swindoll

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Acts 1:1–11

In the first chapter of the book of Acts, the apostles were gathered in Jerusalem, waiting and even a bit confused. Would the kingdom of Israel be restored now that Jesus had risen from the dead? What was the nature of the kingdom of God? What did Jesus mean when He said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you”?

Jim Elliot once wrote in his journal, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” Jim committed his life to sharing the gospel with several unreached tribes in Ecuador. He ministered there successfully for several years with his wife, Elisabeth. But when Jim and four missionary friends tried to establish contact with the reclusive Auca Indian tribe, they were suddenly and brutally murdered by fierce Auca warriors. Incredibly, Jim Elliot’s desire to share Christ with unreached Indian tribes lived on through his courageous wife, Elisabeth. She eventually returned to Ecuador to minister to the Auca Indians—the very people who had killed her husband. She shared the message of God’s love with the Aucas and saw many come to faith in Christ.

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