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Eddie Rector had a gift and a dream. His gift was his acting and he ached to tour the world using it for God. His contagious passion spilled out from the stage on which he performed to the audience. His teachers saw his gift and knew he had something special. His parents could only look on in wo…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Eddie Rector had a gift and a dream. His gift was his acting and he ached to tour the world using it for God. His contagious passion spilled out from the stage on which he performed to the audience. His teachers saw his gift and knew he had something special. His parents could only look on in wonder at their boy.

Eddie was convinced of two things – the worth of his cause and his own calling to it. He understood that he had the hope that a hurting world needs and he was willing to die for that conviction. Eddie traveled to South Africa to put his conviction to the test. There he traded his life when his time came.

So many people in life are looking for something to die for. What could be more valuable than something that costs you your life? The paradox is that when you’ve got something that valuable, it creates a life worth living. Life only really begins when we find something to die for. Have you found it yet?

Comments (3)

  • Having known Eddie from highschool, I witnessed first-hand his talent, heart, and soul. He was the type of person that made you strive to be better than you were. It was his kind words that often put me a ease before I went on stage and that gave me the strength to give life everything I had. I was lucky enough to know who he was and his memory lives on in my heart, as in many others. I would like to visit him one day, might you know where he has been put to rest?

  • It is stories like that of Eddies that encourage and drive young college students like myself to have purpose, and for me that is serving and helping others. To be able to say one is willing to die for a greater cause than thereself defines the human spirit. It shows the empathy and kindness that we as God’s children have for those around us. It is the need of others that pushes us to a greater purpose, and by our suffering and grace in the process we fullfill our relationship with God. One of Truth, Trust, Honesty, and Love. I am glad to know there are people like Eddie out there who believe in this Love.

  • In response to holly, his Ashes are kept in an urn in his parents’ house, but there is also a plaque in his honor at BRENAU university.

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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