Previously published as These Strange Ashes.
Elizabeth Elliot tells of her first year of mission work before her marriage to Jim Elliot, in the jungles of Ecuador among the Colorado people, working alongside three other women, Barabara, Dorothy, and Doreen. Mrs. Elliot details living among the native people, who seemed to be content with their way of life with no need for the foreign missionaries in their midst.
Elizabeth share the struggles, disappointments, and discouragement she felt during that time, trying to transpose Tsahfihki into a written language. There were many set backs, and things that made her question her calling to the Colorado people even in the years afterwards.
I found much encouragement in this book, seeing how even Mrs. Elliot didn't always see the reasons or results, struggled to find hope or purpose in her calling in moment. God doesn't make mistakes, and "we should not be surprised at how our loving Father works all things together for good." A great reminder that we don't always understand God's plan.
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