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Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a 19-Year-Old American, His Capture by the Motilone Indians and His Adventures in Christianizing the Stone Age Tribe Paperback – July 18, 2006
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''An all-time missionary classic. Bruce Olson is a modern missionary hero who has modeled for us in our time the reaching of the unreached tribes.'' --Loren Cunningham, cofounder, Youth with a Mission (YWAM)
''I am personally grateful for this opportunity that Mr. Olson [had] to tell of the remarkable progress the Motilone Indians have made in contributing to the economical, spiritual, and social development of my country, Columbia.'' --Misael Pastrana, president of Columbia, 1970-1974 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Bruce Olson, born in Minnesota and now a citizen of Colombia, is a linguist and graduate of sociology from a South American university. He has won the friendship of four Colombian presidents and appeared before the United Nations. His first book, Bruchko, has sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide. He lives in the jungle on the border of Colombia and Venezuela.
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This book tells the compelling story of how a young man followed promptings by the Holy Spirit that made no sense to the elders of his world. The more he trusted those promptings the more amazing his journey became and the more effective he was as a person and as a truth teller sent by Christ.
There are many culturally and spiritually significant lessons to be learned from this powerful and engaging story.
So many times in Christianity there is this mindset that all Christians have to look and act and speak and dress the same. What Bruchko shows is that to God the only norm is conformity in His Son Jesus Christ - and this book really helps challenge the idea of what that conformity looks like.
Bruce used the Culture of the Motilone people to teach them about the truth of Christianity while resisting the urge to 'westernize' them. He was sensitive to their own beliefs, allowing the Holy Spirit to work amoung them to change their lives in God's timing, rather than trying to force issues when the time wasn't ripe.
As described in this book, Bruce allowed God to come to the Motilone and work in their hearts, rather than force God upon them.
I also appreciated the humanity of this book; it shows Bruce as a typical human being: stubborn, foolish and prideful; and yet, it shows how he was used by God to create such an amazing outpouring among the Motilone and other indigenous tribes.
I look forward to getting to meet my Motilone brothers someday!
Bruchko is the story of how God used a nineteen year old boy to redeem an entire people group.
Bruce Olson is a respected linguist, translator, and missionary. His incredibly successful work among the Motilone and other Indians could be called miraculous, and is recognized across the globe. Bruchko catalogues God's work through Olson in the first years of his ministry in Columbia beginning in 1959.
Bruchko is so easy to read, thought provoking, and riveting that people of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy it. Furthermore, those who read it will be challenged to act on their calling. If they do not know their calling they will want to find out what it is. Bruce Olson has given readers a gift in Bruchko.