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When Mrs. Elisabeth Elliot and Miss Rachel Saint went to live with killer Auca Indians last month, they took along into the dense Ecuadorian jungle a six-pound transceiver. Upon arrival near the Aucas’ “Terminal City,” the missionary women radioed back, “Friendly welcome.”
The following story includes first impressions of life in a community of savages. With the missionaries was Mrs. Elliot’s four-year-old daughter, Valerie, and the 10 Aucas who had emerged from the jungles with a tribal invitation for the two white women. (For events leading up to this daring exploit, seeCHRISTIANITY TODAY, October 27, 1958.)
“I’m sitting in a tiny leaf shack by candlelight,” said Mrs. Elliot. “Millions of insects swarm. Valerie sings ‘Jesus Loves Me’ to a group of Aucas in a hut a few feet away, and my heart sings praise to God Almighty who only doeth wondrous things. Keep praising and praying.”
An initial report from Miss Saint on October 9 said:
“It was a sweet picture to round the bend in the river last Wednesday and see the roofs of the little thatched houses and the lovely bronzed Auca bodies gleaming in the sun.
“To be able to communicate was wonderful. I am well aware that potential danger exists, but whatever, the welcome could not have been more friendly.
“It seems the most natural thing in all the world to be here, a thing I have felt the Lord was leading me to over five years ago. Do pray that it will be workable and accomplish the Lord’s purpose.”
Both Mrs. Elliot and Miss Saint have a working knowledge of the Auca language. Miss Saint, trained as a linguist by Wycliffe Bible Translators, has been studying the native tongue with the aid of Dayuma, young Auca woman who fled her tribe 12 years ago and has since ...1
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