BUT on to who Jim Elliot was.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Jim Elliot was interested in missions from the time he was a little boy. Listening raptly to visiting missionaries and asking countless questions of them. He was not afraid to speak out about Christ even through to his highschool years, carrying a bible with him wherever he went.
The Aucas were much feared, they killed anyone who ventured onto their land. They were a very fierce people, but Jim Elliot and his comrades knew how much they needed to learn about who Jesus was.
First they tried to show their friendly intentions. Giving gifts and living safely across the river. Showing kindness in every way they could. But it was in vain during Jim Elliot's life. He lost it to the Auca's. He had a choice... defend himself with a gun or allow himself to stand by what he was convicted of.. that he would not take the life of an Aucan, a man who didn't know the love of Jesus.
BUT (and this is the cool part).... within a couple of years Elisabeth Elliot, her daughter Valerie, and Rachel Saint (Nate's sister) were able to move to the Auca village. Through their witness many of the Auca's became Christians.
I learned through the Brinkman Adventures what the Aucas, now called the Waodoni people are doing now. You should check it out. It's a neat story of trust in God, of choosing to stand by one's convictions, and to not let fear stop you from doing what you know God is calling you to do.
E is for Elliot, Jim Elliot missionary to Ecuador.