Jenny HortonMrs. LoriBible 1011 – 1 – 2018Jim Elliot “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” -Jim ElliotPhilips James Elliot was a famous Christian Missionary, who sacrificed his life for the church with four other missionaries. Aa a child to a grown up he was devoted Christian and had a goal to reach people in other countries and tell them about God and to end up converting them to Christianity. Jim went to Ecuador to spread his religion to all of the native Indians.
He spent more than six months learning how to speak Spanish and then later on he learned Quichua, which is a scriptless locally used language of the Native Indians. After spending three years preaching and working with the Quichua people, Elliot decided to reach out to the Huaorani Indians. He also maintained an organized diary where he recorded the trials and problems faced by him as being a missionary.
After Jim Elliot died, his dream was carried on by his wife, Elisabeth Elliot. Still to this day Jim Elliot is still remembered for his selfless devotion to God and his passion and love to guide people. “The Journals of Jim Elliot” are volumes of documents that were written over many years by the missionary where he wrote down his mission work. His journals were published in 1978.Jim Elliot was born in Portland, Oregon in the USA. Jims father, Fred, was a minister, Jims mother, Clara, was a chiropractor. Seattle, WA is where they welcomed their first son, Robert in 1921.
Later they moved the family to Portland where Herbert arrived in 1924, Jim in 1927, and Jane a few years after Jim. Growing up in Portland, Oregon as a little boy, Jim listened to the missionaries stories they told about life on far away missions fields. He asked them questions and formed a dream about being a missionary himself some day. It made him sad and in a way somewhat guilty that so many people in other countries died without knowing about the story of god, and god in general. On February 2, 1952, at 2:06 p.
m, the twenty-five-year-old Jim Elliot said his farewells and goodbyes to his parents and then went off and boarded a ship for the 18-day trip from San Pedro, California to Quito, Ecuador, and South America. Him and his missionary partner, Pete Fleming, first decided that they would spend a year in Quito learning to speak Spanish. Then they moved to Shandia, a small Quichua,Indian village to take the place of the retiring missionary workers before them. Jim and Pete studied hard to learn the language. In six months, both Jim and Pete were speaking Spanish well enough to move to Shandia. When they both arrived in Shandia, they also had to learn the speak the language of the Quichuas.When Elliot realised the importance of the local language of the Indians, Jim Elliot began translating the New Testament into the language of the Quichua Indians, which was finished after by his martyrdom by his wife.
On January the 8th, 1956 is the day that Jim and four other missionaries took a risk that lead to their lives ending. Jim and Pete went to see the Auca men, ( know as the worst people on earth) their spears raised they were running toward Nate, Ed, and Roger. Jim stood in the river, his hand on his pistol ready to shoot asking himself if he should defend himself? He already knew his answer. Each man that went on the trip had promised the others that they would not save themselves by killing those they had seeked out in Jesus’ name. Jim Elliot and his four other missionary coworkers surrendered their lives up in Ecuador’s jungle. Decades later, this sad event has challenged countless Christians to live with one great purpose: to bring the gospel to those who have never heard about it Jim Elliot loved and worshiped Christ at a young age.
That then lead him to wanting to be a missionary when he was a man, it turned into his main focus in life. And when he said that he was devoted to it, he was. Jim was so devoted to sharing the word of god that he surrendered his life, even though he had a gun in his hand, a choice to live, he decided to give up his like for christ.