Fifty-eight years ago today Jim Elliot, along with 4 other missionaries, gave their life for the cause of Christ on the shore of the Ecuadorian Jungle to reach a group of people who had never heard the Gospel.
Do you ever wander what the parents of these young men must have been thinking as their sons and families left for the mission field?
A letter Jim Elliot wrote to his parents give us great insight into how they felt and a greater challenge on how to pray for our children . . .
“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.”
“Father, let our arrows (children) fly straight at the Enemy’s hosts!” What a dangerous prayer to pray for our children but at the end of the day the most rewarding. Why? Because . . .
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot