Jim Elliot’s 102nd Birthday
Jim Elliot was born on October 8, 1917. Today would have been his 102nd birthday.
Elliot gave his life while serving the Lord in South America. Jim’s four companions, Pete Fleming, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, and Roger Youderian, were also martyred. The group understood the dangers of missionary work, and they were willing to lay down their lives in service to God.
Read the facts about Jim Elliot’s life below, the discuss the questions.
1. Jim was on the school wrestling team, and he was a strong competitor. Should Christians ever let others win at games and sports, or should they always try their hardest? Is it possible to do your best and still be unselfish?
2. When Jim received poor grades at school one semester, he told his parents that he thought studying God’s Word was more important than his school subjects. What do you think of his reason for getting poor grades? What do you think his parents’ response to him might have been?
3. After his death, Jim’s wife, Elisabeth, and his daughter, Valerie, returned to share a message of God’s forgiveness with the Waodani tribe that had attacked the four missionaries. Do you think Jim would have wanted them to do so? Can you think of a verse from God’s Word to support what you think?
4. Jim and his friends worked in a place they knew was extremely dangerous. Should missionaries work in dangerous places? Why or why not?
5. Although Jim and the other missionaries had guns which they fired in the air as a warning, they did not use them to defend themselves against the spear-wielding Waodani attackers. Do you think the missionaries should have defended themselves? What was the missionaries’ eternal destiny? What was the attackers’ eternal destiny at that time?