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Where in the World Is Latvia?
The Baltic nations have suffered, not only
at the hands of Russia but also at the hands
of Hitler—more so, however, from Russia.
When the Russians invaded in 1944, one
hundred thousand people were sent in
freight trains to Siberia. The suffering was
unimaginable. A freedom museum has
been established in Riga, the capital of
Latvia. It is touching and sad to go there.
Read below the words of a Latvian poet
describing the horror.
They came in the darkest hour of the night.
They tore us out of our beds, our homes, and our land.
They tore us apart, men from women and children.
They herded us into cattle cars, behind bars.
They denied us food and water.
They drove us toward living death.
Lucky the child, the old, and the sick who died quickly and were
Left by the wayside.
We who remained were to die slowly
On the barbed wire islands of the Gulag.
We no longer were human; we became numbers.
We were forced to work without food and rest.
Our companions were hunger and death.
Our bones piled up on the frozen ground of the Tundra.
Only a few, years later, could traverse the miles toward home.
Only a few returned, broken, and saints—
Who had gone through hell and had lived!
Pray for missionaries for the Baltics states: Latvia, Lithuania, and
Estonia. The door is open and the need is great!
Contact Ed Hembree, BIMI Europe Director, for more information.
Speak with him at BIMI 423-344-5050.
Dr. Dan Truax (1926–2012)
First BIMI Director for Africa
By Dan Truax
In the Sahara Desert where we worked as missionaries, we learned
from the nomads how the desert people discover the nearest source
of water when they are dying of thirst in the desert. The desert people
will turn a camel loose. The natural inclinations of the camel gives
him the ability to find the nearest source of water to drink.
When the camel is about to disappear over the horizon, the desert
people mark the direction that the camel took and they will send
one man riding another camel behind the lead camel. Soon the first
camel will lead all those people following to the only source of water
in that entire area of the desert.
We read in John 4:14 “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall
give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be
in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” The world
is full of people who need to be directed, who are dying spiritually of
thirst, and who are wandering toward death in the desert of sin to the
source of the water of eternal life. Horatius Bonar had it correct over
150 years ago when he wrote:
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water: thirsty one,
Stoop down, and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched,
my soul revived,
And now I live in HIM!
– Horatius Bonar
(Photo of Dan taken on his birthday in
2007 by James Ray at Tabernacle Baptist
Church in Greenville, South Carolina)