• “The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. The Christian knows that joy is found in self-abandonment.” – Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot

“My parents were missionaries in Belgium where I was born. When I was a few months old, we came to the U.S. and lived in Germantown, not far from Philadelphia, where my father became an editor of the Sunday School Times. Some of my contemporaries may remember the publication which was used by hundreds of churches for their weekly unified Sunday School teaching materials.

Our family continued to live in Philadelphia and then in New Jersey until I left home to attend Wheaton College. By that time, the family had increased to four brothers and one sister. My studies in classical Greek would one day enable me to work in the area of unwritten languages to develop a form of writing.

A year after I went to Ecuador, Jim Elliot, whom I had met at Wheaton, also entered tribal areas with the Quichua Indians. In nineteen fifty three we were married in the city of Quito and continued our work together. Jim had always hoped to have the opportunity to enter the territory of an unreached tribe. The Aucas were in that category — a fierce group whom no one had succeeded in meeting without being killed. After the discovery of their whereabouts, Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death.

Our daughter Valerie was 10 months old when Jim was killed. I continued working with the Quichua Indians when, through a remarkable providence, I met two Auca women who lived with me for one year. They were the key to my going in to live with the tribe that had killed the five missionaries. I remained there for two years.

After having worked for two years with the Aucas, I returned to the Quichua work and remained there until 1963 when Valerie and I returned to the U.S.

Since then, my life has been one of writing and speaking. It also included, in 1969, a marriage to Addison Leitch, professor of theology at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts. He died in 1973. After his death I had two lodgers in my home. One of them married my daughter, the other one, Lars Gren, married me. Since then we have worked together.” – Elisabeth Elliot

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  • Jane Henderson says:

    I am in search of Elisabeth Elliott flip devotional that helped me through a very difficult and fearful time. A dear friend would send me daily a text from the devotional. And I cannot find the flip anywhere in print.

  • Kathy Cranston says:

    There were two, and yes, they are sadly, out of print. I have one if them which is showing the years (15? 20?) My hope is to digitize my favorites into a quote listing just to have a handy way to find them. Maybe at some point i'll add quotes from others (Jerry Bridges, for example) and add my own graphics to make my own personal flip calendae. In the meantime, I'm just taking pictures ot the pages most meaningful to me. Do you use either pinterest or G+? I elisabeth elliot boards in both places.(I JUST started posting on the G+board. When I have the time I will start posting from the calendar.

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