A Letter from Jim Elliot to His Parents

Years ago I taught one of Jim Elliot’s cousins when she went to Portland Christian High School. Jim’s life and impact not only on his extended family, but Christians everywhere who have a heart for Jesus is still felt. Thus, it is with fond memories and incredible challenge I re-post this from MK’s Forward Progress.

Before leaving the United States, Jim Elliot wrote this letter to his parents:

I do not wonder that you were saddened at the word of my going to South America. This is nothing else than what the Lord Jesus warned us of when He told the disciples that they must become so infatuated with the kingdom and following Him that all other allegiances must become as though they were not. And he never excluded the family tie. In fact, those loves which we regard as closest, He told us must become as hate in comparison with our desires to uphold His cause. Grieve not, then, if your sons seem to desert you, but rejoice, rather, seeing the will of God done gladly. Remember how the Psalmist described children? He said that they were as an heritage from the Lord, and that every man should be happy who had his quiver full of them. And what is a quiver full of but arrows? And what are arrows for but to shoot? So, with the strong arms of prayer, draw the bowstring back and let the arrows fly–all of them, straight at the Enemy’s hosts.

“Give of thy sons to bear the message glorious, Give of they wealth to speed them on their way, Pour out thy soul for them in prayer victorious, And all thou spendest Jesus will repay.”

He was martyred 58 years ago today.

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