Ray and Edith met at Park Street Church in Boston through a mutual friend and mentor, E. Joseph Evans, otherwise known as “Uncle Joe.” Prior to meeting they had each heard God’s still small voice calling them to serve in missions, specifically in South America. As they grew in love for each other, “They prayed together and agreed to separate for a time to test the sincerity of their love and to determine the will of God fully. By spring 1923, they were convinced it was God’s will for them to become engaged, to get married later and finally to serve together in South America.”(1)
Their mutual calling led them to the Quechua Indians in Ecuador. They were married, welcomed their first child, and things were looking bright. God was blessing their work, and they were developing good relationships with the Indians. Then suddenly, death was lurking on their doorstep. Through much prayer by many, Ray was healed and returned to the Lord’s work.
In his book They Found the Secret, Edman noticed a common pattern that is lived out by mature disciples of Jesus: “The pattern [today] seems to be self-centeredness, self-effort, increasing dissatisfaction and outer discouragement, a temptation to give it all up because there is no better way. Then finding the Spirit of God to be their strength, their guide, their confidence and companion—in a word, their life. The crisis of the deeper life is the key that unlocks the secret of their transformation. It is the beginning of the exchanged life. What is the exchanged life? Really it is not something; it is some One. It is the indwelling of the Lord Jesus Christ made real and rewarding by the Holy Spirit.” (2)
(1) Earle Cairns, V. Raymond Edman: In the Presence of the King (Moody Press, 1972), 35.
(2) V. Raymond Edman, They Found the Secret, Zondervan Publishing, 1984, page 12.
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