Sixty years ago today—January 8, 1956—28-year-old American missionary Jim Elliot was martyred, along with four missionary partners and friends. He was survived by his wife, Elisabeth, and their 10-month-old daughter Valerie.
As a young believer, I was mentored by Elisabeth Eliot, as were so many others, through her books, so Jim Eliot naturally became a hero of mine.
Speaking of connections and the Great Conversation, a friend on Facebook pointed out that Eliot’s famous quote may have actually been a paraphrase of a quote Matthew Henry attributed to his father Philip. If you click through on the journal page from the article above (copied below), the Wheaton Archive page makes note of this. I love the fact that Eliot not only journaled, he commonplaced, and paraphrased—all important practices for classical education!
You can read the entire published Journals of Jim Elliot in a book edited by his late wife, Elisabeth.