Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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Kenneth Alan Daughters
Peter Fleming: A Man of Faith. By Ken Fleming. P. O. Box 13, Spring Lake, NJ, 07762: Christian Missions in Many Lands, 1995. 151 pages. $3.00, paperback.
On Sunday afternoon, January 8, 1956, on a sandy beach of the Curaray River in the jungle of Eastern Ecuador, five young men — dedicated servants of Jesus Christ — waited for further contact with the unreached Indians of the area. For years they had prayed and planned about the salvation of the little known tribe then called the Aucas. They believed that God had sent them there and that the gospel would be victorious against the paganism and unbelief of the Indians. That afternoon all five were cut down by the spears of the tribe they had come to win to the Savior.
The story of the five men — Peter Fleming, Roger Youderian, Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, and Ed McCully — has been well told in the classic works of Elisabeth Elliot, the wife of Jim. It is hard for those of us who grew up in the 1950s and 60s (and were inspired in our desire to serve the Lord by the account of the five martyrs) to realize that a generation of believers has arisen to whom this story of heroic faith in Christ is largely unknown. It is therefore most appropriate, on the fortieth anniversary of the famous martyrdom, that Christian Missions in Many Lands should publish this volume on the evangelistic ministry of Peter Fleming.
Ken Fleming’s book is not a fully fleshed out biography of his brother Pete. Rather it is his running commentary on Pete’s personal journal and letters
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covering the period from his call to Ecuador until his death 53 short months later.
The kind of faith and zeal seen in the life of Pete Fleming does not arise in a vacuum. Raised in a Christian home in Seattle, Washington, he came to faith at the age of 12. Nurtured in his faith in an Open Brethren assembly, he was also helped along by the ministry of Young Life Campaigners and the Navigators. All of these influences encouraged him to be an avid student of God’s Word and an open witness to Jesus Christ.
In reading this book I was again struck by the high caliber of the men involved in the story. Pete was valedictorian of his high school class and a philosophy major at the University of Washington. Some who knew him told him not to throw away his talents by going to the mission field, but Pete believed there was no higher calling in life than to serve Christ wherever he was sent.
There is a refreshing honesty about this book that is sometimes missing in Christian biography. The hard work of language study, the tendency of some missionarie...
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