Lego Escapades

June 26, 2008


Some kids make big pirate castles or monster mansions with their Legos. What do my kids create?




Operation: Auca.

It’s a recreation of the Auca Indian village of Ecuador and the five missionaries (including Jim Elliot and Nate Saint) who reached out to them (and were killed). Later, the wives of two of the men (Elisabeth Elliot and Rachel Saint, with Elisabeth’s young daughter) moved into the village to translate the Bible into the Auca language. The Aucas were so stunned by such forgiveness and love that they all became Christians. My kids recently saw the movie “Beyond the Gates of Splendor.”

P.S. Guess who wrote this in his book:

In a voyager to forget these things is base ingratitude; for should he chance to be at the point of shipwreck on some unknown coast, he will most devoutly pray that the lesson of the missionary may have extended thus far.

Charles Darwin. 😀

Here’s the section:
There are many who attack [the missionaries]. They expect the missionaries to effect that which the Apostles themselves failed to do. Inasmuch as the condition of the people falls short of this high standard, blame is attached to the missionary, instead of credit for that which he has effected. They forget, or will not remember, that human sacrifices, and the power of an idolatrous priesthood— a system of profligacy unparalleled in any other part of the world—infanticide a consequence of that system—bloody wars, where the conquerors spared neither women nor children— that all these have been abolished; and that dishonesty, intemperance, and licentiousness have been greatly reduced by the introduction of Christianity. In a voyager to forget these things is base ingratitude; for should he chance to be at the point of shipwreck on some unknown coast, he will most devoutly pray that the lesson of the missionary may have extended thus far. ~Charles Darwin

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4 Responses to “Lego Escapades”

  1. Lynne Says:

    WOW! There’s a lot of detail in their design. Very nice job!

  2. Rebecca Says:

    Thanks, Lynne! And Legos keep them occupied for hours!!! Muahahahahahahha!

  3. Injane Says:

    Yeah, it is fun playing with legos. ;D I thought the airplane was the coolest thing.
    I did a lot of research on the story when I was doing a research paper project for school (i.e. homeschool). I read the book Through the Gates of Splendor and Shadow of the Almighty: the Life and Testament of Jim Elliot. I was completely blown away. I did some more research online and was literally brought to my knees in a flood of tears. The only words I could find to say were the ones uttered by Sojourner Truth at her conversion: “Oh
    God. Oh God, how big you be.” It is so huge that I am left speechless, and I still get overwhelmed when I remember what I learned. I am overwhelmed by the devotion, the mission, the cost, the results.
    Later, us kids saw the documentary “Beyond the Gates of Splendor.” At some parts we laughed till our sides hurt, and at others we were drying our faces and I was just weeping, probably because I had some other knowledge about the story that the others didn’t. I read that the Aucas who speared the men said that as they were attacking the missionaries and were about to spear them, the men
    pointed to the sky and then to the earth and said the word in their attackers’ language for “Father.” The Indians now know that they were trying to tell them the Gospel message before they died in what little they knew of their language.
    Some of the martyrs left behind children that would have no physical memory of them, one an only child not yet a year old, and another yet unborn.

    The most amazing element of the story is LOVE; the five men had guns, they could defend themselves, but they said they would not harm the Aucas if they attacked them. They said, “We are ready for heaven; they are not.” When Rachel Saint and Elisabeth Elliot later told this to the Aucas (whose real name is the Waorani), they were astonished, for they knew this is not human nature. Now, many of their tribe have given up their old ways, and are living as God Followers, walking His trail.

    Once, a foreigner came to their village and expressed dismay that the missionaries were changing the Waorani culture. One of the Waorani God Followers said, “Yes! They did change it, and if they hadn’t, you would have been speared on sight!” I think the story really challenges us who would die for our country; would we die for something invisible? Would we lay down our lives for the naked savages because if they die, they will spend an eternity in HELL? “For the love of Christ compels us…” (2 Corinthians 5:14)

    Jim Elliot never saw his only daughter walk around on her own two little feet; but he had prayed for “a host of children”, for sons to guide in the faith. His death brought him many sons and many daughters. Many people were so influenced by his example and desire to “be an exhibit to the value of knowing God”, that some decided to go to the mission field, others to give themselves to full-time ministry to reach souls, and others just to live their daily lives with zeal for God and concern for the souls of people around them. This story has hugely impacted my faith; I too want to be a flame, consumed by God. This story is definately worth looking into, for anybody.

  4. Sharkbytes Says:

    How cool is this! The recent attention brought to this story with the movies produced has been great. TGOS was the kind of stuff I was raised on…”So Send I You,” and all that.

    Grew up in Upstate NY (Finger Lakes) so I am wondering where you are.