Monday, March 28, 2011

All To Bring You Glory, Sandi Patty

Darlene Rose is one of my favorite heroines of the faith...matter of fact, she is right up there with Perpetua and Blandina, Corrie Ten Boom and Ida Scudder.

Darlene and her husband Russell, a veteran missionary, set foot on the island of Celebes in the (then) Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to remote tribes.

On returning from one trip to the Kapauku people, Russell's health had taken a tremendous toll. His feet had been affected by jungle rot after 17 days of
walking in wet boots, and he had lost 60 pounds. He and his men had forded rivers, climbed mountains, hacked through jungle vines, and trekked up to their hips in mud and bog.

The treatment was to pick off all the rotted tissue right down to the raw, healthy tissue and apply an anti-fungal ointment. While Russell told amazing stories of their experiences (including their canoe capsizing and every man being saved), Darlene worked on his feet, caring tenderly for her man!

Dr. Robert Jaffray, an older missionary with them, saw the blood and pus and retired to his room, feeling sick. He came out several hours later, having written an article for The Pioneer, a missions magazine, and laid it before them to read:

"This morning I looked at the bleeding feet of a missionary, his wife tending them, the blood and pus running, and I thought to myself, "What a nauseating sight that is!" But, as I walked from the room, the Lord kept saying to me, "Oh, but to Me they are beautiful feet!"

Then I remembered - "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of them that bringeth good tidings" - good tidings to those men and women in New Guinea who sit in darkness and the shadow of death... Some day the last one will turn to Jesus. Then the clouds will part asunder and our Savior will be there!"

Once Russell's feet healed, he hoped to take Darlene to meet the Kapauku people who believed he was a spirit because he didn't have his wife with him. Darlene was excited and eager to meet them, as well. As she saw the men, women, and children running to them with gifts, she burst into tears and cried out "I'm home! I'm home!" In time, many came to the Lord, and a local church was born. Then the Japanese (WWII-Pacific theatre) invaded the islands. Their lives were about to change!

The book Evidence Not Seen is absolutely my favorite book; I encourage you to get and read it! For more on Darlene Rose see posts on Jan. 8, 2011 and Jan 27, 2011. Another link:

Sandi Patty, with her magnificent voice, sings All To Bring You Glory. She, too, has first-hand seen how a loving Savior can turn bondage and misery into freedom and joy! For more on Sandi's story go to

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8: 28

Lyrics: included in video.

Supporting Scriptures:
" And he [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach good news to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister and sat down. and the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he begun to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." Luke 16-21

"Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God." Deuteronomy 4: 23-24

"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today." Genesis 50: 20

"They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers." Revelation 17: 14

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, plans to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29: 11

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." Romans 8: 28-30

"And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise...We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek." Hebrews 6: 11-15; 19-20

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