Role Models

Thinking about role models lately.
Here's one of mine, an amazing woman with an incredible life story.

From her website, about her first husband Jim Elliot:
    Jim Elliot, whom I had met at Wheaton, also entered tribal areas with the Quichua Indians. In nineteen fifty three we were married in the city of Quito and continued our work together. Jim had always hoped to have the opportunity to enter the territory of an unreached tribe. The Aucas were in that category -- a fierce group whom no one had succeeded in meeting without being killed. After the discovery of their whereabouts, Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death.

Our daughter Valerie was 10 months old when Jim was killed. I continued working with the Quichua Indians when, through a remarkable providence, I met two Auca women who lived with me for one year. They were the key to my going in to live with the tribe that had killed the five missionaries. I remained there for two years.

You can read her and Jim's story in Beyond the Gates of Splendor, and End of the Spear (also a movie). 
Who are some of your role models?


And kind of sad.

Statements made by friends and friends of friends on FB, re: Bin Laden. Lots of hate out there. Understandable, from a human perspective and to a degree. But most of these folks claim Christ, so it's disappointing, too.

Case in point: I occasionally post a Bible verse, and when I do several people 'like' it or even comment about it. So, seeing all the bitterness, as well as slights and slurs against Obama (including death wishes), I posted this:

Matt 5:13-14
Ye have heard that it hath been said Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.

Not one 'like'. Not one comment. Hard words to live by, yes? But kind of sad no one will address them at all. They all want to quote the 'enemies of god, retribution' quotes instead. How the Lord must surely shake His head at us.