Daughter Talks About Her Father Jim Elliot

Daughter Talks About Her Father Jim Elliot.

This is a short video clip of Jim and his colleagues in Ecuador, narrated by Jim’s daughter Valerie Shepard. Philip James Elliot (October 8, 1927 – January 8, 1956) was a Christian missionary to Ecuador, where he was killed by Huaorani Indians. Elliot graduated from Wheaton College in 1949, with a degree in Greek. He arrived in Ecuador on February 21, 1952, with the purpose of evangelising Ecuador’s Quechua Indians. On October 8, 1953, he married fellow Wheaton alumnus and missionary Elisabeth Howard in Quito. 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. 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. After her husband’s death, Elisabeth Elliot and other missionaries began working among the Huaorani Indians, where they had a profound impact and won many converts.

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