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Philip James Elliot (October 8, 1927 – January 8, 1956) was an American Christian missionary and one of five people killed during Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador.

Begin each day with private reading of the Word and prayer.

--Jim Elliot

Lord, make my way prosperous, not that I achieve high station, but that my life may be an exhibit to the value of knowing God.

--Jim Elliot

Ah, how many Marahs have been sweetened by a simple, satisfying glimpse of the Tree and the Love which underwent its worst confict there. Yes, the Cross is the tree that sweetens the waters. 'Love never faileth.

--Jim Elliot

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.

--Jim Elliot

God deliver me from the dread asbestos of other things. Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be aflame.

--Jim Elliot

The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for.

--Jim Elliot

Longer Version:

The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable and perfect.


Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on earth!

--Jim Elliot

Longer Version:

Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on Earth!  I care not if I never raise my voice again for Him, if only I may love Him, please Him.  Mayhap in mercy He shall give me a host of children that I may lead them through the vast star fields to explore His delicacies whose finger ends set them to burning.  But if not, if only I may see Him, touch His garments, smile into His eyes -- ah then, not stars nor children shall matter, only Himself.


I have felt the impact of your prayer in these past weeks. I am certain now that nothing has had a more powerful infl uence on this life of mine than your prayers.

--Jim Elliot

Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living.

--Jim Elliot

When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die.

--Jim Elliot

If we are the sheep of His pasture, remember that sheep are headed for the altar.

--Jim Elliot

Children are arrows in a quiver, and they are to be trained as missionaries and shot at the Devil.

--Jim Elliot

As your life is in His hands, so are the days of your life. But don't let the sands of time get into the eye of your vision to reach those who sit in darkness. They simply must hear.

--Jim Elliot

He makes His ministers a flame of fire. Am I ignitible? God deliver me from the dread asbestos of 'other things.' Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be aflame. But flame is transient, often short lived. Canst thou bear this, my soul -- short life? ... Make me thy fuel, Flame of God.

--Jim Elliot

It's hard to steer a parked car.

--Jim Elliot

Birds are extremely valued as indicators of overall environmental health. If there's a problem in a wild bird population, it's indicative that something went wrong.

--Jim Elliot

Surely those who know the great passionate heart of Jehovah must deny their own loves to share in the expression of His.

--Jim Elliot

None of it gets to be 'old stuff', for it is Christ in print, the Living Word. We wouldn't think of rising in the morning without a facewash, but we often neglect that purgative cleansing of the Word of the Lord. It wakes us up to our responsibility.

--Jim Elliot

I do not know how to make a man think seriously about sin and judgment, and must look to the work of the Holy Spirit for any hint of such a working.

--Jim Elliot

No one warns young people to follow Adam's example. He waited till God saw his need. Then God made Adam sleep, prepared for his mate, and brought her to him. We need more of this 'being asleep' in the will of God.

--Jim Elliot

We wouldn't think of rising in the morning without a face-wash, but we often neglect that purgative cleansing of the Word of the Lord. It wakes us up to our responsibility.

--Jim Elliot

Domesticated males aren't much use for adventure.

--Jim Elliot

Rest in this -- it is His business to lead, command, impel, send, call... It is your business to obey, follow, move, respond.

--Jim Elliot

When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!

--Jim Elliot

It is true that a fellow cannot ignore women -- but he can think of them as he ought -- as sisters, not as sparring partners.

--Jim Elliot

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.

--Jim Elliot

Wherever you are -- be all there.

--Jim Elliot

Longer Version:

Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.


Feast of Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr, the man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all.

--Jim Elliot

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