Sometimes, memories are buried so deep that we often forget that they're there.
Photos are a reflection of the past, though they don't share the whole story.
Just recently, my grandpa came across a small box of old photos in his house that held snapshots of a Ecuador missionary trip that a distantly related family member (Jessie A. Coburn) took in 1960. The writings either came from the back or in front of the photos.
Dayuma in Luite with her pet dog, Blackie. Dayuma is the runaway Auca girl who helped Rachel Saint and Betty Elliot (Elizabeth Elliot) learn the Auca language in preparation for their entering Auca territory three years ago. (photo taken in 1960)
Luichaua worker beside sawmill at Lemoncocha jungles base. This saw makes boards for clinic, radio building, and other missionary buildings at the base. The logs are brought right in from the jungle and sometimes include mahogany and other hard woods.
Group of Indians of Auca, Carpapa, Cofan, Scoiva, and Seguvia tribes who gathered at jungle base in Lemoncocha. to act as informants for a missionary language workshop (1960).
Meal cooking on a fire on the ground. Many of the jungle Indians observe no specific meal time but keep the fire going all day and eat whenever they get hungry.
Dawa, one of the first Auca Christians. Her husband Kimu kidnapped her many years ago from the downriver Auca group and took her to be his wife after killing her father and mother. Her husband was one of the killers of the missionary fellows, but is now a Christian.
Everyone has a story. The question is do we want our stories to be remembered? From the accounts given to me by my extended family, after Jessie returned from her trip she developed a cancer in her lungs and couple years later she passed away.
"All flesh is as grass.
and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
and it's flower falls away,
but the word of the Lord endures forever..."
~ 1 Peter 1:24-25
"May God fill us with His Spirit and a knowledge of His Word and may the Name remembered be not ours, but HIS!"~ Sovereign Grace Church
May we never forget it.