Sunday, March 7, 2010

‘God, Why Don’t You Hear Their Prayer? by Tom Eggum and Rachel Eggum-Cinader - Book Review

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I am always so amazed by people who gives their lives to overseas ministry.  Tom Eggum and his sister, Rachel Eggum-Cinader, are both involved in a ministry called Hope4Kids International, which now serves in 95 countries. Tom is the founder and president, as well as an international speaker.  Rachel is the resident writer and director of women’s concerns.  She works with the abandoned widows of Uganda and speaks around the country on their behalf.  When they are not ministering overseas, they live in the Phoenix area. 

Tom and Rachel have written a book called ‘God, Why Don’t You Hear Their Prayer?’  Among other things, they discuss their years in ministry.

Tom and Rachel share in the book how their parents came to the Lord when the children were young, and that their lives were radically changed by Jesus Christ.  They share their adventures in ministry in Cuba, Peru, Romania, Russia and Uganda, among many other places.  They also share their personal lives and struggles therein, including divorce and a bout with cancer.

This book is also filled with many vignettes about experiences they have had both on the missions fields here in the US and around the world.  The stories are amazing and worthwhile.  They are short vignettes, so you can pick it up and read it at any point in the book.       

These two Godly people have given so much of themselves to Kingdom work over their lifetimes.  They understand what Paul said in Galatians 2:20:

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Tom shares his heart for lost souls:

I want to be among the rescuers.  I do not want to just go to church and thank God for saving me.  There is an urgency to go into the world.  We need to grab onto our kids, parents, cousins, family and friends and pull them away from the stormy sea before they are lost for eternity.  We need to answer the call and pray that others will hear Him calling. (p. 113)

He also states the reality of the spiritual battle:

We live in a wicked world where Satan’s attacks are visible.  If we are going to make a difference, we are going to have to proclaim the risen Christ in all His power.  This is not the time to retreat.  It is a time to advance the kingdom of God.  It is going to take a compassionate church to see beyond its own needs.  It will take Christians who deeply care for people in need and are willing to sacrifice and take risks for the cause of Christ.  To truly become more like Jesus is not to become more religious but to love the people of this world and to be concerned for their souls.  In order to reach the world we need to live a life of worship. (p. 119)

I pray that their lives continue to reflect the love and peace of Jesus Christ.  Their hearts are so tender toward the lost and dying world.  I thank them for sharing their lives and their stories with us!

You can order this book here.

This book was generously provided to me by Rachel Eggum-Cinader.


Andrea said...

Andrea, thank you for sharing this book review of two people who are genuine in their love for Jesus. It sounds like they have true servants' hearts!

I just wanted to say, "Hi," for I rarely meet another with my name. :)



Andrea Schultz said...

Hi Andrea -

Nice name, by the way! : )

Thanks for stopping by my blog and making a comment - and following, too!

Although I have never met Tom or Rachel in person, it is very clear they have servants' hearts, as you observed!

Blessings -




I just want to let you know that I have seen Tom speak at Parkway Christian Church in Surprise AZ. What a great human being!

Andrea Schultz said...

Hi Michael -
I can tell he - and Rachel - are both amazing people! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
I visited Phoenix with my mom about ten years ago. We took a Grey Line bus tour. If I am not mistaken, I think Alice Cooper lives in Surprise AZ. Totally unrelated to the topic, other than the location where you saw Tom - but it reminded me of that!
Blessings -

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