Monday, October 6, 2014

Biography of Pete Fleming.

Here is biography number two! Enjoy!
Pete Fleming
    Pete Fleming was originally from Washington state. Over time, Fleming became friends with Jim Elliot. Together, the two men traveled to Ecuador along with some others to get training for missionary work. God removed every obstacle out of their path. They were dropped off in Ecuador on August 29, 1952. While training to be a doctor, Pete and his friends lived like the people of Ecuador that they might be better equipped to help them. Together they built an airstrip and a school for boys. While Jim was good at nearly everything, Pete struggled against many illnesses as well as in physical jobs. One time Pete was sick with malaria and went to the nearest hospital. Here he met with God and was strengthened in his spiritual life. A time when they questioned their work in Ecuador was when floods washed away their house, clinic, and school. Trusting in the Lord, they re-built. Many people were saved and many baptisms were held. Through all this, the Lord was burning a desire into their hearts to bring the gospel to the dangerous Auca Indians. Finally they located a Auca village that was know to be particularly violent. Regularly they would fly over the village and lower gifts from the airplane to earn their trust. Soon, they began to receive gifts back. After much time of doing this, they landed not far from the village and stayed hoping for a friendly visit from the Aucas. Soon their patience was rewarded by some of the Aucas coming to “check them out.” Shortly thereafter, the Aucas returned, this time not so friendly. Every one of the missionaries, although they could have defended themselves, didn't and were killed. Through their brave deaths, word was spread throughout the world. Many people became missionaries encouraged by these people's faith. Both Jim Elliot's and Pete Fleming's wives later returned as missionaries to the same tribe who had killed their husbands.
Although I had personally heard this story many times before, I was inspired by their love for these Indians, their love for God, and their bravery. If this biography also brings you inspiration, you can read a good biography series published by YWAM that includes at least four of the people involved in this event: Jim Elliot and his wife Elisabeth, and Nate Saint, the pilot, and his sister Rachel Saint. This series, Christian Heroes: Then and Now, was written by Janet and Geoff Benge. Have you ever faced a time when you needed to trust God, really, really trust Him? Have you ever faced a situation where you had to stand up for God and bear His name?

8 comments:

  1. I have read Elizabeth Elliot and Nate Saint in the Christian Heroes: Then and now series. They are really, really good! It makes you really think about the absolute surrender for God that these missionaries had. And they really make you think. In fact, all the books in the Christian Heroes: then and now series are really good!

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    1. Isn't it! I have not read very many in the series but the few that I have read I really enjoy! Thanks for reading!

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  2. We're reading Elizabeth Elliot's book Let Me Be A Woman. Such a great read. Thanks for posting this!

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    1. Your absolutely welcome! That would be cool to read a book by her especially! I think that Jim Elliot's diary is published or something...not quite sure so don't mark it!

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  3. Great biography, Bethany. It is really amazing the strength and courage some of our former missionaries showed. To answer your question, yes, I have faced many of life's challenges totally relying on God to strengthen me and see me through. Sometimes we don't understand why we are facing a challenge, but God has always shown me something good resulting from a time of trials. Thanks for the reminder!!!

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    1. It is really cool for me to see how people were so brave in such terrible times—when their lives are at stake, friends lives are at stake, everything that has been worked for, it goes on and on! I feel so encouraged sometimes to see how such "normal" become something so "UN normal"! As is the line in the movie God's Not Dead, "God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good!"

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  4. I really like that series and I really like Elizabeth Elliott's books too!

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