(WSJ) David Howard—The Intrepid Missionary Elisabeth Elliot

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Last week marked the passing of a woman whose missionary work and writings inspired hundreds of thousands of Christians to live lives of faith and obedience to God, and led thousands to bring the gospel to people in countries around the world. Elisabeth Elliot died June 15 at age 88, but her legacy will continue through the lives transformed by her example. I knew her simply as “Aunt Betty,” as she was my father’s sister.

Elliot first entered the news in January 1956, when her husband, Jim Elliot, and four other missionaries were killed by a group of Auca Indians, today known as Waorani, in the deepest jungles of Ecuador. The five missionaries—three of them, like Elisabeth, were former students at Wheaton College in Illinois—felt called by God to bring the gospel to this fiercest of tribes, one that had no connections to the outside world.

After months of groundwork, the missionaries made friendly contact with three tribal members near the main Waorani village. But two days later, several warriors burst out of the jungle and speared and hacked the men to death. The missionaries were armed, but when the attack came they only fired their weapons into the air, as they had agreed they would in such an event. Why? Because they believed that they were ready to meet their maker, while the Waorani were not. The incident made headlines around the world, including articles in Life, Time and Reader’s Digest magazines.

Read it all.

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1. Richard A. Menees wrote:

I cannot find the rest of the article when I click “Read it all”.  A blank page comes up instead.

June 26, 1:20 pm | [comment link]
2. Richard A. Menees wrote:

I commend T19 for this on Elisabeth Elliot.  She was truly a leader and a powerful witness to all of an evangelical calling and life.  I am so very thankful to have been influenced by Elisabeth and her brother Tom Howard during the days I was seeking God’s guidance towards a mission calling and living out my conversion within the Anglican tradition.

June 26, 5:27 pm | [comment link]
3. Kendall Harmon wrote:

Richard I sincerely hope you have retried this I clicked on it today and it worked fine.

January 20, 7:15 pm | [comment link]
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