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The Jim Elliot Story

Elise Wixtrom has grown up learning about persecuted Christians and reading VOM resources. Currently she writes reviews of VOM resources for readers of kidsofcourage.com. Enter “Elise” in the search box to read about Elise and to find more of her reviews.

Jim Elliot
Jim Elliot, a missionary to Mexico and Ecuador, attended Wheaton College in his university years. A talented wrestler, Elliot always knew he was called to bring the gospel to the unreached, no matter what.

As the young man left the university, he went straight to the mission field, hitchhiking his way around Mexico after his car stalled on train tracks. Accompanied by a loyal group of friends, he brought the gospel to any schoolchildren who might want to listen. Speaking in broken Spanish, Elliot planted churches throughout the countryside. After a while, he and his team moved on to Ecuador, where they built villages and airstrips, helping the native population with their work while spreading the good news of Christ.

While in Ecuador, Elliot’s team welcomed into their complex a young woman who was running from tribal warfare and had lost her family. The missionaries were convinced that they could reach her people, the Aucas (now known as the Waodani, Waorani, or Huaorani), with the gospel. So they took a small airplane and landed in her village. The people there were friendly, but secretly did not approve of the foreigners who brought them gifts.

After a few trips to the village, the missionaries were seeing progress in building friendships among the Aucas. But that was not to last long. Eventually, the Aucas killed the five Americans as they exited their airplane for the last time.

Jim Elliot and his friends gave their lives in order to spread the gospel of Christ, just like countless other faithful believers throughout the years. Elliot knew when he ventured to Ecuador that there was a great possibility of him dying in the service of God. He died knowing that he had tried his best to live well and to love the Lord.

After Jim Elliot’s martyrdom, his wife, Elizabeth, made it her mission to tell his story. It was the witness of the Elliot couple that inspired The Voice of the Martyrs to continue their legacy with the Torchlighters animated episode The Jim Elliot Story. But it is our job to remember the Elliots and what they sacrificed for the cause of the gospel, and how they stood in the face of danger with unconditional love, bearing the news of God’s grace.

Read more about Jim Elliot and watch a trailer for The Jim Elliot Story here.


Changes in Chiapas

Mexico

In recent years, Christian children in Chiapas, Mexico have been expelled from school even though they broke no rules. (Chiapas is a state in Mexico.) Some Christian families are treated badly and even kicked out of their homes and villages by people who do not follow the Bible’s teachings. (Enter “Chiapas” in the Search box to find stories and video clips about Christians in Chiapas.)

The Voice of the Martyrs has helped Christians in Chiapas by providing food, household supplies, and Christian books and materials. But Christians aren’t the only ones bringing aid to poor people in Chiapas.

Several years ago, Muslims from Europe arrived in Chiapas. They set up stores and businesses, and they offered people jobs if they would become Muslims. Hundreds of poor people accepted their offer.

“Now there are three mosques in San Cristobal,” said a VOM contact in Mexico. (San Cristobal is a city in Chiapas. Mosques are buildings where Muslims worship.) “They are supported by Muslims from other countries,” said the VOM contact.

Muslims from the United States have taken “mission trips” to San Cristobal. They have repaired a mosque, distributed food and school supplies, and provided activities for children.

Sadly, some Christians have left Christianity to become Muslims. Please pray that people in Chiapas will know God’s truth and follow it.

To find more prayer needs of people in Chiapas, download Bold Believers in Chiapas from the Downloads section. (Page 46 lists prayer needs.)

Learn more about Islam from the book Learning About Islam, also available from the Downloads section.


Quiz: What Do You Know About Persecution?

Question Mark

The following questions cover Bible stories about persecution and information about current situations. See how many you can answer, then share them with your family, group, or class to see if they know the answers.

  1. Who will suffer persecution, according to the Bible? (See 1 Timothy 3:12.)
    1. The rich
    2. All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus
    3. Everyone who chooses not to follow Jesus
  2. Leaders in some countries try to stop people from celebrating Valentine’s Day, which they consider a Christian holiday. What are some of the countries?
    1. Mexico, Canada, the United States
    2. Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Iran
    3. Japan, Spain, South Korea
  3. Missionaries drop small parachutes carrying Christian books out of planes over guerrilla-controlled parts of Colombia. What kind of areas do the planes usually fly over?
    1. Oceans
    2. Desert
    3. Jungles
  4. In the Bible story of Nehemiah, how did Nehemiah’s enemies try to get him to stop doing the right thing?
    1. Laughed at him, lied about him, tried to get him to come to a meeting
    2. Got angry, made plans to attack him
    3. All of the answers in “a” and “b”
  5. People in North Korea can go to jail for which of the following?
    1. Bowing to statues of North Korean leaders
    2. Owning a Bible
    3. Talking against the United States
  6. Which of the following is true about persecution?
    1. The apostles in the Bible (Acts 5) rejoiced when they were persecuted.
    2. Almost all of the persecution of Christians happened long ago.
    3. If you do the right things, you are certain to avoid persecution for your belief in Jesus.
  7. According to Acts 14:22 (NIV), Paul and Barnabus said:
    1. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”
    2. “We must do many good deeds to be sure to enter the kingdom of God.”
    3. “We must follow the Ten Commandments to be sure that we will enter the kingdom of God.”
  8. How did Paul say we must overcome evil? (See Romans 12:21.)
    1. Overcome evil with force
    2. Overcome evil with strict rules
    3. Overcome evil with good
  9. What is an “underground church?”
    1. A church that meets in a subway
    2. A church that meets in a secret location
    3. A church that meets in a cave
  10. What is a “martyr?”
    1. Someone who complains about their circumstances
    2. A bully
    3. Someone who makes a big sacrifice or risks losing something important because of their beliefs

Visit this link to view the answers to the quiz.

Quiz Answers

  1. b. All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus
  2. b. Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Iran
  3. c. Jungles
  4. c. All of the answers in “a” and “b”
  5. b. Owning a Bible
  6. a. The apostles in the Bible (Acts 5)
  7. c. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”
  8. c. Overcome evil with good
  9. b. A church that meets in a secret location
  10. c. Someone who makes a big sacrifice or risks losing something important because of their beliefs

Horchata and Sharing About Chiapas

Read the previous three posts about Christians in Chiapas. Make a presentation about Chiapas to a Christian group. Share the story of Eugenia, provide a bolero for them to try, and provide copies of the coloring pages to color. If desired, serve horchata, using the recipe below. Encourage the group to pray for Christians in Chiapas.

Horchata
People all over Mexico enjoy a drink made from rice called horchata. To make a quick, easy variation, pour a 32-ounce carton of vanilla rice milk, a 32-ounce carton of almond milk, ½ cup of sugar, and ½ tsp. of cinnamon into a gallon container with a tight lid. Shake well. Serve cold over ice cubes.

Source: Bold Believers in Chiapas available from the Downloads section.


Son Injured While Protecting Mother in Chiapas

Chipas, Mexico
Eugenia’s son

Parents and Teachers: The August 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories of Christians in Chiapas, Mexico. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Eugenia is a pastor’s wife in Chiapas, a state in Mexico. The people in her village are very poor. Eugenia distributes Bibles and care packages, provided by The Voice of the Martyrs, to people who need them. The care packages contain things like soap, beans, and rice. Eugenia also visits Christians in the area to encourage them.

Eugenia’s husband often travels to other nearby villages to minister at small churches. So their 12-year-old son goes with his mother to protect her when she visits people in the community.

Enemies
Eugenia welcomes the protection. Last year someone burned down the family’s house. She understands that they have enemies.

Many villagers are thankful for Eugenia’s help and encouragement. But others do not like her.

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