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 Jim Elliot

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Jim Elliot

Original Name Philip James Elliot
Birth
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Death 8 Jan 1956 (aged 28)
Ecuador
Burial Quito, Cantón Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Memorial ID 13064970 View Source
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Christian Missionary to Ecuador, where he was killed by Huaorani Indians. Subject of the theatrical film, "End of the Spear" (2006). Elliot was born in Portland, Oregon, to Fred and Clara Elliot, and became a Christian at a young age. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1949, with a degree in Greek. He arrived in Ecuador on February 21, 1952, with the purpose of evangelizing Ecuador's Quechua Indians. On October 8, 1953, he married fellow Wheaton alumna and missionary Elisabeth Howard in Quito, Ecuador. Their only child, Valerie, was born February 27, 1955. While working with the Quechua Indians, Elliot began preparing to reach the famously violent Huaorani Indian tribe which were known at the time as the Aucas. He and four other missionaries, Ed McCully, Roger Youderian, Peter Fleming and their pilot Nate Saint, made contact from their airplane with the Huaorani Indians, using a loudspeaker and a basket to pass down gifts. After several months, the men decided to build a base a short distance from the Indian tribe, along the Curaray River. There they were approached several times by small groups of Huaorani Indians, and even gave an airplane ride to one curious Huaorani who they called "George" (his real name was Naenkiwi). Encouraged by these friendly encounters, they began plans to visit the Huaorani, but their plans were preempted by the arrival of a larger group of Huaorani, who killed Elliot and his four companions on January 8, 1956. Elliot's mutilated body was found downstream, along with those of the other men, except that of Ed McCully. Their remains were hastily interred beside the Curaray River by the rescue team. Elliot and his friends became instantly known worldwide as martyrs, and Life Magazine published a ten-page article on their mission and death. They are credited with sparking an interest in Christian missions among the youth of their time, and are still considered an encouragement to Christian missionaries working throughout the world. After her husband's death, Elisabeth Elliot and other missionaries began working among the Auca (Huaorani) Indians, where they had a profound impact and won many converts. She later published two books, "Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot" and "Through Gates of Splendor," which describe the life and death of her husband. In 2005, a documentary based on the story was released entitled "Beyond the Gates of Splendor." In 2006, a theatrical movie, "End of the Spear," based on the story was released.

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  • Originally Created by: The Kind Cemeterian
  • Added: 19 Jan 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 13064970
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13064970/jim-elliot : accessed ), memorial page for Jim Elliot (8 Oct 1927–8 Jan 1956), Find a Grave Memorial ID 13064970, citing Curaray River Burial Site, Quito, Cantón Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador ; Maintained by Find A Grave .