He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose

53 years ago today, Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCulley, and Roger Youderian were killed by natives in the Ecuadoran jungle. They were killed by the very people they had tried to evangelize. I don’t remember all the details, but I do remember that two of the widows eventually won the tribe to Christ and the son of one of these four missionaries eventually baptized one of the men that killed his father. How’s that for grace?

I think it’s time to pull my copy of Through Gates of Splendor off the shelf and give it a re-read.

Here’s a brief video (10:00) that summarizes the events.

The title is Jim Elliot’s famous quote: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

Justin Childers has more Jim Elliot quotes here.

It is possible that these men did more for the kingdom by dying than by living when one considers the untold numbers of young men and women went to the mission field after hearing the story of these four men. How many has God called to his kingdom as a result of their ministries?

Here is a video of an interview with one of the men who participated in the killing who later was brought to Christ.


About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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