Jim Elliot (1927–1956): I have no question in my mind why God sent me here


Jim Elliot (1927–1956) was an American missionary who did missions among the Amazonian Indians (specifically the Huaorani people) in Ecuador, South America, and then died there as a martyr for the sake of the Gospel at the tender age of 28. When he was asked why he left for Ecuador instead of staying in the USA (some reckoned it was unnecessary to go since there was a great need among the American youth for the Gospel, which was regarded as the priority), he replied:

“You wonder why people choose fields away from the States when young people at home are drifting because no one wants to take time to listen to their problems. I’ll tell you why I left. Because those Stateside young people have every opportunity to study, hear, and understand the Word of God in their own language, and these Indians have no opportunity whatsoever. I have had to make a cross of two logs, and lie down on it, to show the Indians what it means to crucify a man. When there is that much ignorance over here and so much knowledge and opportunity over there, I have no question in my mind why God sent me here. Those whimpering Stateside young people will wake up on the Day of Judgment condemned to worse fates than these demon-fearing Indians, because, having a Bible, they were bored with it – while these never heard of such a thing as writing.”

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