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ON THIS DATE

On 10/28/1949 Jim Elliot placed in his journal words which would become his most famous quote;

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

Philip James “Jim” Elliot was born October 8, 1927 in Portland,OR.  He with four other missionaries were martyred on January 8, 1956 in Operation Auca trying to reach for Chirst a native people in Ecuador.

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56 years ago it was 1956.  Today 56 years ago 5 young men were martyred taking the gospel to the Auca Indians (commonly so called). They were (alphabetical order)

            Jim Elliot,

            Pete Fleming,

            Ed McCully,

            Nate Saint,

            Roger Youderian

 

– killed in Ecuador, along the CurarayRiver.  If you have not read Jim’s widow’s book Through Gates of Splendor (1957) it is well worth reading

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Jim Elliot said,

“Wherever you are, be all there.  Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” 

         – Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor, (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H Revell Co., 1970), 19.

 

Pete Fleming said,

“In appreciation of beauty, mountains, music, poetry, knowledge, people, science – even in the tang of an apple – God is there, to reflect the joy of His presence in the believer who will realize God’s purposes in all things.”

          – Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor, (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H Revell Co., 1970), 23.

 

Ed McCully said,  

“The life of a missionary calls for infinite adaptability…”

         – Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor, (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H Revell  Co., 1970), 49.

 

Nate Saint (the pilot) said,  

“When life’s flight is over, and we unload our cargo at the other end, the fellow who got rid of unnecessary weight will have the most valuable cargo to present the Lord.”

          – Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor, (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H Revell Co., 1970), 52.

 

Roger Youderian said,

“The happiest day of my life was the day I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior for the remission of my sins, duly repented for…”

         – Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor, (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H Revell  Co., 1970), 68.

 

Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian were killed this date (1/8/1956) along the Curaray River in Ecuador, South America.   

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“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep

       to gain that which he cannot lose.”

Today is the day Jim Elliot pennd in his 1949 journal, his most oft-quoted saying.  Jim was killed spreading the News of Jesus Christ in Ecuador, 1/8/1956. 

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