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Growing up as an evangelical Christian, we were often quoted scriptures about brave men and women who were killed for refusing to recant their belief in Christ. We were told of prophets who in told the story of God to people who didn’t want to hear it, at the risk of their very lives.
And we were told that it still happens today.
One of those more recent martyrs has always been a bit of a personal hero. HIs writings and his wife’s writings are full of courage and faith, and they have helped me as I have shaped my own faith.
According to Wheaton.edu
Phillip James “Jim” Elliot (1927-1956), evangelical missionary martyr, was born in Portland, Oregon, one of four children born to a Plymouth Brethren evangelist and his wife, a chiropractor. A pious and forthright Christian from his grade school days onward, he enrolled at Wheaton College in Illinois in 1945….
In 1953 Jim and Elisabeth married and continued his work in Ecuador. In September 1955 a missionary friend from Missionary Aviation Fellowship spotted a tiny Huaoroni (“Auca”) Indian settlement in the jungle. The Huaoroni, a heretofore “unreached” people known for their reclusiveness and ferocity proved an enticing challenge to Elliot and he and four other missionaries began to establish friendly contact with the tribe. After a three-month campaign, they finally established face-to-face contact in early January, 1956. While the initial meetings were friendly something went wrong in a meeting on January 8th and all five of the missionaries were speared to death.
Check out these courageous quotes from the 20th century missionary and martyr.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
― Jim Elliot
“Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
“When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!”
“Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God.”
“God always gives his best to those who leave the choice with him”
“Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living.”
“Lord, give me firmness without hardness, steadfastness without dogmatism, love without weakness.”
“The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable and perfect.”
“Lord, make my way prosperous not that I achieve high station, but that my life be an exhibit to the value of knowing God.”
“Wherever you are – be all there.”
― Jim Elliot
“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.”
― Jim Elliot
“If we are the sheep of His pasture, remember that sheep are headed for the altar.”