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When God Says Go: The Amazing Story of a Slave's Daughter [Paperback]

By Lorry Lutz (Author) & Sherwood Eliot Wirt (Foreword by)
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Perhaps you've heard of a person who knows what God wants of them and pursues it at all costs? That was Eliza, a missionary to Liberia in the early 1900s. Her journey among the tribes and through the jungles of Africa and her physical and financial obstacles make this inspired life an encouarging story for every reader. It is a saga of motivation and a "never give up" attitude to help you make it through those days when you wonder what really matters.

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Mother Eliza Davis-George, the daughter of slaves, grew up in segregated Texas, where she took to heart the stories she had heard as a child in Sunday school. Empowered by her faith, she broke through barriers of sex, color, and status as she told the world about Jesus. This is the fascinating story of a gentle but unswerving Christian missionary, who, during her one hundred years on this earth, left an indelible mark on the people and the land of Liberia. She is a model of overcoming any obstacle--a woman for whom no challenge was too difficult in sharing he gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Studio: Discovery House Publishers
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.01" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2002
Publisher   Discovery House Publishers
ISBN  1572930985  
ISBN13  9781572930988  

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Lorry Lutz and her husband Allen spent more than twenty years as missionaries in South Africa, serving with African Evangelical Fellowship. They co-founded Youth Alive, a youth ministry organization that still operates today in several southern African countries under African leadership. Lorry has published eight books, including "Partnering in Ministry" (with Luis Bush) and "Women as Risk Takers for God." She is a senior associate of Women of Global Action and is a founder and coordinator of the AD2000 Women's track. Lorry and her husband live in Colorado.

Lorry Lutz currently resides in Colorado Springs, in the state of Colorado.

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Bound to Win  Nov 1, 2005
What stands out in When God Says Go is how many people do just that. While Eliza Davis George remains the book's center countless others: co-missionaries, mission boards, mission teachers, national workers and even a husband come and go, leaving Eliza to carry on. This is so since Eliza Davis George marked out a 65 plus year missionary ministry in Liberia, and at age 99, one year before her death, was still itinerating to raise funds and create missionary awareness. The others had to come and go, who else has that kind of track record? I was impacted by how much was going on in and through Davis' life, and realized that only half the book was finished.
The author starts by stating that the Eliza Davis George story must be told. Davis-George (1899-1979), the daughter of former U.S. slaves, sensed a call to Liberia to share the gospel with Africans, and through an indomitable, indefatigable, almost incredible endurance prayed and labored her way in the interior of Liberia, starting a mission, establishing schools, training nationals, evangelizing a multitude, and being Christ to many tribes with no gospel contact, all the while facing such severe hardship and limited resources that only her strong faith in God and a true grit kept her there.
Lutz begins the book by recounting a number of memories and stories as Eliza walks, in vain as it turns out, 200 miles to try and retrieve a money order for badly needed funds. These opening chapters set the stage for what was a long life dedicated to prayer, fasting, great disappointment, hard work and, through it all, belief. By the end her life her labors had yielded a boarding school for tribal children, various other schools, and over 150 churches supported by different denominational entities. Probably what stands out most is Eliza Davis George's prayer life. Her stamina was only equaled, even surpassed, by her remarkable life of prayer. How did she do it all? Prayer and fasting were a way of life for Eliza Davis George, and the accolades given to her in the latter part of her service for her dedication to Africa reflected a life-long commitment that rested on prayer.
What would improve this fascinating account, what would make it more helpful as a missiological study and not only an inspiring missionary biography, would be a more specific focus on what did not go right for Eliza Davis George. George went with little backing and no training, and this to her credit, yet one wonders how these educational and practical limitations may have caused a rupture in some working relationships that, had the people remained, would have furthered the work sooner. As well, Eliza's giving spirit caused the mission to operate on credit, and in the red, for much longer than it should have. Had she learned to be more firm in saying no, not only would the mother mission have been on better footing, but her ministries in the bush would have been better realized and financed.
Most tragic, and discussed in some detail, was the ill-advised and ill-fated marriage between Eliza and C. Thompson George. Acquiescing to his romantic dreams of a life together of missionary service, though full of doubts and stopping short of love, the 40-year-old Eliza agreed to marriage in part as a way to continue her dream of staying on the field. What happens when a calling seems so strong it binds two people together who would not otherwise have married? In the case of C. Thompson and Eliza, a spiritual call was not enough to build what was not there, a growing love and unity. C. Thompson's spiral into alcoholism, adultery and ministry failure and scandal are tragic. He was responsible for these life turns, yet how much of his failure was caused by Eliza's inability to provide him what he needed as a husband is a valid question. These aspects, discussed more thoroughly, would make the book a better resource for missionary training.
A good deal of Eliza's work no longer exists due to the civil war that plagued Liberia for a number of years. Yet the vision she lived and taught still lives on in others, and they continue to make a difference through Christ, because Eliza was there to make a difference in them. This commitment, this dedication, this heroine of the faith makes for a good read, and a worthwhile one at that.

Mother George's Courage  Jan 25, 2004
This book examines the life of a very courageous black American women at a time in our country's history when she had an uphill battle to do what God told her to do. Mrs. Lutz has done the research, including traveling to Africa, to make the whole time period come alive from those who knew this amazing lady personally. The book should encourage any woman who feels called to step out in faith no matter what the circumstances.

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