Published on July 12th, 2018
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, 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.