“The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
With a greeting like that, wouldn’t it seem like the angel was greeting someone like Joshua or Caleb? A man who had already exhibited great feats of bravery and faith in the Lord?
Yet addressed these words to the youngest son of the least important family of the tribe of Manassah! Who was hiding in an olive press! Gideon went on to prove his lack of courage by giving the Lord “impossible” tests in an effort to get out of leading Israel’s army against the enemy.
God, we are told, uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and the weak to shame the strong. I Corinthians 1:27 He doesn’t seek the brave and the brilliant, He calls those willing to serve Him and works wonders through them.
The Accidental Missionary: A Gringo's Love Affair with Peru
by David L. Winters, David Bredeman
Publication Date May 15, 2019
Setting: Peru Contemporary
Written for: Adults
While literally sleeping through a mission conference, David Bredeman awoke to a call to stand up. Wellmeaning church members swarmed around and began praying. He soon learned he’d volunteered to become a full-time missionary. Days later, he found himself in Lima, Peru learning the ropes. Soon he found himself crossing the Andes and swashbuckling through rainforests bringing the gospel to remote indigenous people. Everything began to make sense when a brown-eyed beauty caught his eye. Would her Bible school’s strict rules and his adventures in the Amazon jungle conspire to keep them apart? Come along for the adventure of a lifetime.
I would like to thank David L. Winters for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
When I first saw the title of this book, I thought “huh?” I proceeded to read the book description and figured it would be quite the interesting tale, assuming it was fiction. But it isn’t! Fiction, that is. The Accidental Missionary is the memoirs of David Bredeman, a missionary to Peru.
The circumstances surrounding him discovering his calling are humorous. And perhaps a warning against falling asleep in church! On the other hand, considering how God used this man and worked in his life, possibly an encouragement!
I was fascinated to learn about David Bredeman’s experiences in various South American nations as He served the Lord. Not only did he witness miracles, he saw the body of Christ trusting God in difficulty and praising Him despite living in poverty and oppression. The accounts are humbling and encouraging.
Perhaps the most touching of the stories, if I was forced to choose just one, would be the account of the two-week trip taken to find the Mashco-Piro people, an Amazonian tribe seldom seen by outsiders. The results of that journey and the changed life that resulted were amazing!
One of the things I most appreciated about this account is that there was no attempt to whitewash the truth or simply make David Bredeman look like a hero. Not only did I read about the amazing things God did, I also saw ways that this missionary struggled in his faith and fought temptation. Praise God for His forgiveness and restoration!
The Accidental Missionary almost reads like an adventure story. It is filled with vignettes painting the picture of his travels throughout Peru and other nearby regions and the fascinating people living there.
In addition to telling of the mission work, the book ends with some lessons learned and advice for those considering going into the mission field.
I recommend The Accidental Missionary for several groups of people. Those who love biographies, those who love missions, those who love travel, and those who love to read about the work that the Lord is doing around the world.