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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)