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To GOD we give glory for his mercy upon the human race, utilising our beloved East. Stanley Jones.
I recently bought his 365 daily devotional meditation book, what an enlightening experience I have daily!!
I read “The Way” whenever I can & I make an effort to set aside my me time to connect & communicate with GOD through meditating on “The Way”.

Blessings Abound

I knew that the Hindus have so many ashrams, but I did not know there are Christian ashrams. I am a convert to Christ from Hindu traditions. I committed my life to share life with the Hindus. I joined a Christian religious college for training in 1963. It was a typical western college. I was disillusioned with Christianity. At that time one person told me that this college is not suitable for converts coming from Hindu tradition. We need Christian ashram to give training. I happened to come across the book Christ of the Indian Road. This book made great impact in my mind. I set it as my life goal to start a Christian ashram to share Christ with the Hindus. In 1990 I started the ashram project in Thanjavur. I completed my doctoral studies in the area of mission in USA in 1994. The name of my ashram is Karunaiyananthar Ashram. Karunaiyananthar is the indigenous name for Christ given by a local Christian poet. I wanted to visit the Sat Tal Ashram for a long time. Finally few years back I went to attend the summer program at Sat Tal. Dr. Stanley Jones inspired me and gave me ideas to start a Christian ashram. I thank God for Dr. Jones who brought a paradigm shift in Christian mission in India.

My mother and father, Helen and Golden Thompson, must have attended one of E. Stanley Jones’ Ashrams that summer of 1940 when Wendel was 4 years old. His mother and father who was pastor of the Hildreth Memorial Evangelical church in Le Mars, Iowa sought a summer retreat that would give them renewal that they found in the Ashram.

Mother had been telling Wendel about the man at the Ashram who had no arms but could swim, paint, write, and feed himself.

Wendel: That was naughty of Jesus not to give him any arms, wasn’t it?”

E. Stanley Jones had been invited to speak at Westmar College, Le Mars, Iowa. My folks invited him to our home for supper during his stay. I was a college freshman thinking about studying for the ministry. My father was a minister and my grandfather also. But I wasn’t sure about the ministry, so I asked our guest what advice he would give me.

“Get out of it if you can” was the answer.

I majored in English and went on to a career in statistics, never having felt I had missed God’s calling, but finding God’s call on my life in other ways than the ministry.

As a young man growing up in the Methodist Church, I had a dear pastor at our little country church named Harry Reeves. He was a very dear man and spiritual mentor to our entire family. Prior to his passing, he shared a copy of E. Stanley Jones’ “Christian Maturity” with my mom and added his personal inscription to make it a very personal gift, indeed. It was treasured by my mom for the remainder of her life.

In 2012, she passed away and is now with my dad and Harry Reeves in paradise. My sister, Carol, found among my mom’s many books that copy of “Christian Maturity” and was kind enough to gift it to me.

How precious is this book! It has become one of my most prized possessions as it is very special to me on so many different levels. I read it daily as I will do for the remainder of my life. I’ve garnered so much value from my daily reading. Dr. Jones no doubt is happy to see me sharing abundantly the wisdom and inspiration gained from that reading. I found additional copies and sent one to each of my adult children.

Most recently, while reading page 338 about the translation of St. Paul’s message on love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 from “love is…” to “I am…” as a way of measuring our personal maturity, I was profoundly struck by the brilliance of that idea. As I do workshops in personal effectiveness, I think like a “workshop guy” and decided to leverage that wonderful idea into a useful tool for measuring personal maturity as evidenced by our ability to consistently enjoy the dividends of maturity; namely, our ability to be kind, patient, etc. in our daily walk. I submitted in your “Contact Us” tab a willingness to share that tool with the foundation for its use.

Great ideas, inspiration, challenging thoughts when realized are best leveraged by passing them on. It is my intent to continue to share abundantly and thereby enhance the value of the wisdom of E. Stanley Jones’ written works.

ESJ_stainedglassWe are in Brandon, FL. The building was built in 1962, and E. Stanley Jones had been there earlier in the year for a revival and the people were so moved by his time with them that they decided to add him to this stained glass window featuring Peter and Francis Asbury. When I first came to serve here, the three fingers was a dead giveaway as to who was being honored! “Jesus Is Lord!”

Thank you so much for keeping the message of this dear brother in Christ and Father in missions alive. He is one of my greatest heroes because of his values and his love for God, but it was his passion for people of every kind that has earmarked my life for purpose for the past 35 years in full time ministry — 31 of them in overseas missions to those who as of yet do not fully understand how very much Jesus loves them.

It is my prayer that my life is an open vessel of that love, grace, mercy, humor and blessing to all… Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Pagan, Buddhist, Shamanist, Communist, Atheist… as well as well and truly lost Christian. He is our only Way Home.

A Hindu lecturer on educational subjects was addressing an audience of educationalists in South India when he paused and said: “I see that a good many of you here are Christians. Now, this is not a religious lecture, but I would like to pause long enough to say that, if you Christians would live like Jesus Christ, India would be at your feet tomorrow.” He said nothing less than the very truth.

From “The Christ of the Indian Road” by E. Stanley Jones

I sometimes feel like our society, albeit very christian, can address contemporary issues in ways that do not include an invitation to freedom that the very alive, life of Jesus offers. While above statement from E. Stanley Jones can feel condemning at first – the offer, I think was sincere.

In my own interpretation I would think the lecturer might be saying, “Don’t add religious tones to your preconceived notions, as to add weight to them because they are religious. Give us Jesus. If Jesus were here we would all be at his feet to at least request his services as a follower, if not savior. If the life in front of me was one of Jesus, not in selfish concern for power in the contemporary dimensions, but in service from a different Kingdom altogether, the whole country, in fact the whole world would bow.” The mission statement of our church is “to invite our community to welcome Jesus into all of life.”

While its true that our contemporary religious and societal and political systems need reform the bestness of our systematic approaches will never compare with the wholeness that Jesus offers from a completely different kingdom. At the end of the day, while some may look to the systems to feed their daily hunger for identity and even self-awareness, we all have a hunger for something deeper which has the capacity to draw the whole world. In such a competitive landscape I am often afraid to offer it as it seems foolish and upside-down. It’s not just bread and water, but living bread and living water. It’s not just a visit to an imprisoned murderer but the power to transform the prisoners heart. It’s not just clothes for the naked, but an offer of vulnerability that allows the whole self to be naked again and yet safe. It’s not just a welcoming of a alien but a wholehearted invitation into a contemporary and yet eternal family.

We enter 2014 with grateful hearts for the many blessings and friends God has sent our way. This will be a banner year for the E. Stanley Jones Foundation with the release of two new editions of the inspired writings of E. Stanley Jones. If my Grandfather were with us today, he would be on Facebook and using all forms of social media to proclaim Jesus is Lord!  Conveying this simple, life-changing truth is the essence of our work at the E. Stanley Jones Foundation.

This fall you will see new versions of Abundant Living and Victorious Living, each of which sold a million copies, and achieved that status during the Great Depression. Why? Because people were searching for answers, real truth which would make a difference in their lives. We believe persons today are still in need of the real truth of Jesus. “I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).” Please partner with us by contributing to this vital effort. Just visit our donate page and any gift you make will be put to immediate use to share the Good News of Jesus. Who would not want to be a part of that!

In 1938, Time Magazine reported that E. Stanley Jones was the “world’s greatest Christian missionary.” Wherever he went, Jones preached on the theme, “Jesus is Lord.” God used him mightily. When people would ask him, “What is your faith?” he would put up three fingers… “Jesus is Lord.”

Near the end of his life he wrote a book called “The Divine Yes.” On one occasion he said, “I would like to go out with a resounding YES on my lips, for Jesus is the YES!”

While recovering from a stroke he said, “I do not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future. I am ready to be healed. I am ready not to be healed. God will either heal me or give me power to show the victory. I belong to the unshakable kingdom and the unchanging Person. I haven’t had a blue hour since this happened…victory, victory, victory! I will not bear it, but use it. I have preached victory in Jesus for over 60 years and now I will demonstrate it in my own body and continue to love and praise him in the process!”

E. Stanley Jones died on January 25, 1973. A close friend said, “Till the end he never ceased diverting attention from himself to his Lord.” What a way to live. What a way to die.

I post a lot of E. Stanley Jones quotes. I know he’s not Jesus, but it seems he knew Jesus very well. It’s amazing to think he was good friends with Gandhi so much so that Gandhi gives him the rights to his biography. Then a few years later a young preacher from the segregated south named MLK picks it up and is so inspired that they begin the process of non-violent protest. There is something in his writing that gets to me, that Jesus is up to something all the time, in and through us.

E. Stanley Jones is one of my heroes. I feel blessed now to be living in a town (Wilmore, Kentucky) with two great libraries (Asbury University and Asbury Seminary) with E. Stanley Jones collections of his writings, etc. At the seminary there is is E. Stanley Jones School of Missions where my daughter is finishing her Ph.D. in missiology/intercultural relations. Jones was a student at Asbury College around 1904. His writings consistently focus on Christ and the Kingdom. I am pleased to see a renewal of interest in his books several of which are now reprinted. His writings are recommended reading.

I wanted to share with you a piece I wrote a week or so ago about Brother Stanley. I write a weekly (Sunday) devotional piece for the Opelika-Auburn News, a daily newspaper, and this article has had a great response. I wanted you to know this not so you might admire my writing, but to give you more evidence that your marvelous work in making E. Stanley Jones’ messages available is a work the Spirit is blessing and will continue to bless. I salute you for all you have done to let this generation get to know and love Brother Stanley.

I was talking with Elton Trueblood one day, sitting at his feet to learn from his mentoring, when he casually used the phrase, “my friend Samuel Johnson.” I interrupted him and reminded him that Samuel Johnson was a contemporary of John Wesley. He smiled and said, “Walter, that is the great value of books. When we read and digest the writings of people like Samuel Johnson, they become our friends through their writing.” I loved the idea and embraced it for my own and now I call many “ancient” writers my friends! What you are doing is giving thousands of people the great privilege of becoming “friends” of Brother Stanley.

I hope this will be a small bit of encouragement to you in your marvelous ministry.

Read the article here.

Modern readers find Victory Through Surrender, written by E. Stanley Jones in 1966, as fresh and compelling as ever. Here are some of their descriptions:

  • “This book changed my life and confirmed the need to surrender all to God.”
  • “I read this book for a small group that I am with… incredibly amazing.”
  • “Wow, give up our selfish ambition and we win! This is an excellent idea.”
  • “Wonderful words of wisdom and instruction. Over the top in life directions.”
  • “Victory Through Surrender is my favorite book written by Brother Stanley. It did indeed change my life at my lowest point, bringing me to my highest point!”

I have been a missionary for 30 years and E. Stanley Jones remains my number one read. His books both inspire me and give me hope, and his voice is timeless. He does not have a ‘dated’ way of speaking. My personal favorite is ‘The Christ of the Indian Road.’ In fact, I quote from it in my second (yet to be published) book, ‘Written On My Heart.”

I am sharing E. Stanley Jones’ talks with friends here and in Japan — especially one who is extremely discouraged. His talks on the un-surrendered self as the problem, and self-surrender to Christ as the needed next step have encouraged me.

The first book I read of E. Stanley Jones’ after being saved in 1965 was his autobiography A Song of Ascents, and then, a couple of years later, when I was dating my future husband, a native of Hyderabad, India, I found the most enlightening book, Along the Indian Road.

During that time, 1970-71, Dr. Jones came to speak at Calvary Temple, my church in Denver. After having read his book on India, I could not wait to hear what he had to say. My sister in-law who had just arrived from India as a medical intern was with me. So often I wish I had a cassette copy of that teaching so I could go back and hear specifically what he said that so encouraged me.

What I remember about that evening was Dr. Jones’ quiet presence. He was not in a hurry to give his message but seemed to relish the silence somehow, and so all of us became quiet and waited along with him. To this day, I have never been in such a gathering. It was like we were all in a holy place with which he was well-acquainted – his ashram. I came away somehow comforted and filled. Of all the great speakers I heard during the early 70s, E. Stanley Jones remains the most memorable.

Some of his books are on my shelf: A Song of Ascents, Conversion, The Divine Yes, The Christ of the Mount, and Victory Through Surrender. On my computer I have just downloaded a PDF version of Christ of the Indian Road provided by Boston University. His biography on the website about is inspiring. I am keeping it in my journal.

My husband and I spent two months earlier this year traveling to seven cities in South India to reunite with family and friends. I had not been there in 25 years although my husband regularly went back. Being in India again reminded me of what E. Stanley Jones wrote in Along the Indian Road that truly foreshadowed my own experience in many ways. His conviction resonates with me still.

“I came to India out of a very conservative training. There were no doubts because I had closed out all problems. I had a closed mind, closed upon the fact of the satisfying Christ within. If walls shut out other things, they also shut within one this precious Fact.

But as the first disconcerting years of a missionary went by and my contacts with educated non-Christians became more intimate, my walls began to be assailed. They even crumbled before the revelation of such truth as this in the Hindu Scriptures: ‘You are to be like the sandalwood tree, which when smitten by the ax pours its perfume upon the ax that smites it.’ Was that not loving one’s enemies and doing good to them that despitefully use one? But this came out of Hinduism. How could I relate my never-before-heard-of newness in Christ to this fact of evident truth and beauty found elsewhere?

I studied the sacred books of other faiths, afraid of finding goodness and truth there. To find it would destroy my inward position. I had my back to the wall for several years. Only my experience of Christ held me steady amid the swirl of mental conflict. Then one day I inwardly let go. I would follow where truth would lead me. I could feel myself turning pale as I did so. Where would it land me? I was letting go securities that had been satisfying for an uncharted sea. But after some time, when I looked back, I found that I came out not two inches away from where I went in. The great securities of my faith were intact. But now I held them because they held me. . . .”

My Hindu husband brought his mother to live with us in 1992 after her husband passed away. It was a joy having such an accepting mother-in-law. She died last year at the age of 96. E. Stanley Jones’ words have made a huge impact on my witness to my Hindu family and friends. I wish I could thank him personally for encouraging me to persevere and love, no matter what.

Having been an avid reader, for over 40 yrs, of such saints as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, T. Austin Sparks, Thomas A Kempis, Oswald Chambers, etc., it wasn’t until this past yearr (2012), that I ‘discovered’ E. Stanley Jones. His spiritually practical insights have encouraged me toward a more intimate and powerfully personal partnership with our Godhead and my fellow-man. I’m thankful to have been lea to his teachings and exhort any/everyone to read, absorb, and prayerfully commit to what he shares as you pursue a loving relationship with our heavenly Father!

Thank you for putting this on social media. I am looking forward to so much more coming. “Unchanging Person” transformed theology, my outlook, and was divine in appointment in my life. I look forward to spending my next vacation at an Ashram, and bringing to life the hope I have found through the servantude of E. Stanley Jones.

‘In old age… blossom at the end like a night-blooming cereus.’ This statement was written by a missionary to India, the late Dr. E. Stanley Jones, native of Baltimore, Maryland. He made a profound impact on all those around him because of his extraordinary faith and service to others. Later in life his work was acknowledged by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi. In spite of a stroke at age eighty-seven that disabled him and impaired his speech, he dictated his last book, The Divine Yes, and addressed a world congress in Jerusalem from his wheelchair shortly before he died in his beloved India.

The night-blooming cereus (a family of flowering cacti) that he spoke of brings a beauty to the desert when it opens up at nightfall. Some say these plants produce fruit large enough for people to consume. Dr. Jones certainly knew something about blossoming in the nighttime of life and producing fruit in plenty; consider all those he touched along his way. His is a worthy testimony of living a meaningful life during the journey to eternal life. Do we, the older generation, do the same? Are we producing fruit that replenishes others, or do we complain about our circumstances and drain others who look forward to living full lives? By our attitudes, do we make the younger dread the inevitable – growing old? Many elderly people, without realizing, taint the purpose God has for them: to impact the younger generations by exemplifying reliance on Him and hope in His unchanging promises. We should be content, for Jesus has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). – Reverend Billy Graham, Nearing Home

“I’ve not read ‘The Christ of Every Road,’ but for years keep going back to ‘The Way to Poise and Power’ and ‘Abundant Living.’ I put aside ‘The Way to Poise and Power,’ and each morning I have incorporated ‘Abundant Living’ into my morning devotional. I hope to one day have all of E. Stanley Jones books. It is always so amazing to read what was written in the 1940s and still what we need to hear today.”  – Patricia Dekeyzer

I was sitting there, in a noonday Lenten Service 50 years ago. This man came out to speak, and of course, he was a famous intellect, and he started by saying he had never been discouraged in 25 years. – I had never heard anything like that. But, I could not write him off as an odd ball because of his intellectual prowess, nor could I dispose of him as a crank, for he was scientific. His name was Dr. E. Stanley Jones. He was a missionary in India, who worked with the upper class and won them to Christ by the thousands with his orderly argument. On this occasion, he said the reason he had not been discouraged was due to a simple workable secret. Jones said he had been trying to carry everything himself. One night, in despair in Lucknow, India, while praying in church, the Lord said to him: ‘Look Stanley, are you ready to turn life over to me or do you want to hang on to it and ruin it? If you give it to me, I will give you health, long life, and no discouragements.’ ‘Seemed like a good deal to me, so I chose it on the spot,’ said Jones. That made a powerful impression on me, because I had been brought up differently. I had never heard anything like that.

Within the past year, my best friend, Daniel, and I have truly discovered the writings of your father and it has changed our lives. Daniel is a pastor in the Virginia Conference and I am a pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. We meet each week with a small group of pastors for accountability, spiritual growth, and church leadership .For years, our mentor, Dennis Dorsch, has spoken about E. Stanley Jones and urged us to read his books. Fourteen years ago, Dennis took my confirmation class to Mount Olivet Cemetery. And now I join him as we take our confirmation classes there. However, it was not until this year that I really got into reading his works. Each week, Daniel and I end up sharing with our group what we have been reading from your father or which of his books we have been able to find for sale online. They are extremely difficult to obtain otherwise. I don’t know what to say other than to thank you since I cannot thank him. All of his work continues to bear much fruit as there are those of us of the next generation who have discovered the truth in his writings and have changed our lives and ministries because of that discovery. I have shunned almost all other things, especially anything written in the past 10 years in exchange for the opportunity to read his works. I wish we could have met your father. He is a great man.