Living with the Motilone Indians since , Olson's efforts have also won him the friendhsip of four presidents of Colombia and appearances before the United Nations. This updated edition of "Bruchko" includes the story of his kidnapping by communist guerillas and the ten months of captivity that followed. Bruce Olson's story will amaze you and remind you that simple faith in Christ can make anything possible. It made waves in the Christian community and really had a message more of grace than anything. The subtitle makes Excellent, gripping autobiography of Bruce Olson.
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In this classic missionary biography, the author, Bruce Olson the stone age tribe he sought to reach with the gospel called him Bruchko , revisits the defining moments of his missionary career. A gnawing, troubling curiosity grabbed me. The reader comes to realize that he or she can be made of use in the missionary venture through simple obedience. No high calling is needed. The command of Jesus has already been made. He simply awaits joyful compliance. God made no demands.
But I found myself irresistibly interested in other countries and in other cultures. This classic missionary biography is a must-read for the modern-day Christian. I wanted the crown, with all its jewels, without ever carrying the cross. Still, after he is captured by a stone-age tribe, nearly beat to death, his leg pierced by arrows, and on the verge of starvation when which a tapeworm crawls up his throat for hunger and he passes the squishy thing orally!
Crowns may someday be his for the taking, I presume. Simply stated: his radical obedience to the call of Jesus for the unreached is admirable. Though most Western Christians will never experience hardship such as this, the reader can somehow relate to a man who wanted nothing more than the glory of God. He seems to pass over his physical trials as par for the course.
But his difficulties were not for naught. At the same time, I was strangely pleased with myself. It was as though I had a secret that the world did not know, a secret place that no one else had been allowed to enter. Constantly on the search for treasure, Bruce Olson went where there was no path and blazed new trails in the jungles he traversed. The treasure that he sought was not gold and silver, but rather hidden tribes without the knowledge of a Savior.
I try to share these things. But the most important thing that I can say to those who want to help primitive people is this: they will not be helped very much unless they find purpose in life through Jesus Christ.
The truth about the tormenting spirits that dealt daily blows to the lives of those trapped in darkness must be told. But the greatest message articulated in its entirety was that Jesus, the Son of the Living God, was the God of the Motilone Indians as He is for the Western world and for the missionary man himself.
This clear-stated message is retold in many forms throughout the pages of this book. From chapter one to twenty-four, the reader learns of a stone age tribe tucked deep in a forgotten jungle landscape and comes to cheer for their salvation with holy jealousy.
Though I might have desired the occasional pause of a spiritual lesson or philosophical anecdote between the fast-moving narrative, this book flowed seamlessly from one chapter to the next. The reader is left with no choice but to continue flipping the pages to find out what happens next.
Instead, this story read like a typical biography ought: fast, clean, and unpretentious. Had this book been penned by an objective third party author instead of the missionary himself it might have read in a more pensive manner—who can say? I may have enjoyed that kind of book by a marginal degree. But what we have here is the story, plain and simple, of an unreached tribe coming to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. And that, more than anything else, is my cup of tea!
If my memory serves me correctly, I recall my father first reading this book as our family gathered on the living room couch nearly 30 years ago.
I, a child at the time, was stirred by the adventure of it all and the book instilled in me an inspired missionary zeal. I have referred back to this book in many a conversation over the years—the incredulous tapeworm episode generally the predominant element of the narrative! But more than that, this book has encouraged in me a passion for souls and a longing for the glory of God to be revealed in the nations.
My recent revisit to this classic missionary biography was a welcome inspiration. I confidently presume that this book will be the same for you. Date read: Bruchko by Bruce Olson on Amazon. You might also like.
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What happens when a nineteen-year-old boy leaves home and heads into the jungles to evangelize a murderous tribe of South American Indians? For Bruce Olson, it meant capture, disease, terror, loneliness, and torture. But what he discovered by trial and error has revolutionized then world of missions. Bruchko includes the story of his kidnapping by communist guerrillas and the nine months of captivity that followed. Bruce Olson is a modern missionary hero who has modeled for us in our time the reaching of the unreached tribes. Bruce Olson, born in Minnesota and now a citizen of Colombia, is a linguist and graduate of sociology from a South American university.
View Larger Image. Language: English. Brand new Book. What happens when a nineteen-year-old boy leaves home and heads into the jungles to evangelize a murderous tribe of South American Indians? For Bruce Olson, it meant capture, disease, terror, loneliness, and torture.