Author: Compiled by David Logan and Family
The Logan Story is not merely a nice story but a glowing testament of God’s grace to the Logan family. The book contains the story of Wallace and Ruth’s lives as well as the personal letters they sent home to family. The Logan’s, along with their seven children lived and served in Zambia, seeing countless people saved.
The book starts with A Man Called Sakuunda then details individual stories and includes personal letters. A Man Called Sakuunda was written soon after Wallace’s death by his son Paul. It told of Wallace’s conversion, and ended with a few instances of God’s goodness on the mission field. This was presented at a World Missions Congress in 1969. People enjoyed it immensely and wished to hear more of what happened in Central Africa. The rest of the book chronicles beautiful stories of God’s provision as well as the letters Wallace and Ruth wrote. Finally there is a photo section that gives visual life to the stories.
This book is not only a missionary story, but an encouragement and a challenge to the believer. The book is well laid out, giving the background to appreciate individual instances. There are many cultural traditions that are explained so the reader can fully understand the story. The personal letters show first-hand the challenges and blessings the Logan’s experienced in their own words. The writing style is transporting and the reader feels as though they are in Central Africa in the 1920’s to 1960’s. There are moments where the reader fears for the family, paddling with their hands in crocodile infested waters or seeing poisonous snakes slither past the children playing; there are moments of laughter as well when Wallace sends his family a mosquito or two along with his letter. I enjoyed reading this and would recommend it to anyone!
Here are a few of my favourite quotes and stories:
(Wallace) described himself as “only a sinner saved by grace.” Realizing this fact, he allowed himself to be pliable
in the Potter’s hands, and fully surrendered his all to his Master. “God first” was his motto, and this was put into practice even in the smallest details of life.
We are not living for time, but for eternity.
Wallace and Ruth were awakened one night by a strange sound: a soft, but rapid, ‘rap, rap, rap’ and then silence. This was repeated several times. Lighting the candle near their bed, they saw, to their horror, the reason for the sound. A poisonous snake was about to climb up the leg of the twin girls’ cot but was stopped repeatedly by the lightning fast ‘rap, rap, rap’ of their cat’s paw striking the snake’s body.
Just as fast, the cat would leap away to avoid the lethal snake bite.
The danger of the situation was that if the snake had made it into the cot, an inadvertent movement of either baby could have drawn a fatal bite.
God used a house cat to distract and delay the snake’s advance and allow Wallace time to get up and destroy the snake.
“He…that keepeth thee will not slumber,” (Ps. 121:3). “The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil” (Ps. 121:7).
Wallace Logan wrote the following on shipboard while sailing back to Africa:
It is hard to express on paper our feelings and gratefulness to our Heavenly Father as we sit on the ship – our whole family sailing back to our loved work for God in Africa.
As the complete family pulled out of New York, how interesting to read the verse on the Choice Gleanings Calendar for that day, April 24, 1953, “Thanks be unto God which always causes us to triumph in Christ.”