Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was one of five missionary men killed by Auca Indians in the jungles of Ecuador, South America in the 1950's, leaving Elisabeth with their 10-month old daughter. Elisabeth remained with their ministry to Quichua Indians. Through a remarkable "coincidence" of meeting two Auca women who lived with her for a year, Elisabeth herself made contact with the men who killed her husband and was accepted to work with the Auca's.
She remained a widow for many years, and then married Addison Leitch in 1969, who died in 1973. Eventually she remarried again, this time to Lars Gren who has been by her for 36 years now.
I heard Elisabeth speak only once in person, at a conference for college students called Urbana 76 (because it was in Urbana, IL in 1976). She took command of our hearts with her calm but very firm faith, full of wisdom borne of great commitment through loss--- a gift God makes available to all who suffer loss. We pay a high price, but oh!... the riches of God's grace!
Here's a fantastic opportunity for us all to continue to learn from this remarkable woman:
Ligonier Ministries has made available without charge Elisabeth's series on "Suffering Is Not for Nothing." Just click here and you'll see the instructions for streaming it. Be patient, I could not pull it up today but perhaps you have a better connection. Peruse the rest of the website for other good resources too.
For a Facebook community page of quotes, tributes and links to articles click here: Elisabeth Elliot
There are soooo many resources: just google her name and you'll find articles from Christianity Today, World, and all of her excellent books. See what the Lord can do with a woman who will trust and obey Him through all of life's challenges?
Have you been inspired by the life of Elisabeth Elliot and how she remained faithful to God? Let's talk about it in the comments today, and remember the comments still count as entries in our drawing this week. Thanks!