A Tribute to Elizabeth Elliot Gren
I can recall like it was yesterday, while living and Chicago Ave. in Evanston, Il. We were living in a small apartment and Ken was still in the Navy. I loved to listen to Moody Bible Institute’s radio station WMBI. Suddenly the news broke of the death of the 5 missionaries martyred in Quito, Ecuador.
I have been so blessed by Elisabeth Elliot and over the years I followed her life and ministry.
I have a collection of many of her writings and often refer to them as I counsel other ladies.
The following article is about this highly respected Christian woman’s life from The Gospel Coalition. Current Events by Joe Carter
1. Elisabeth Howard) was born in Belgium, her parents were missionaries. She attended Wheaton College where she studied classical Greek to enable her to work in the area of unwritten languages during her future missionary work.
2. At Wheaton, Elisabeth met Jim Elliot. After graduation, and for five years before their engagement, Jim and Elisabeth served in different parts of Ecuador. Eventually she accepted Jim’s marriage proposal and the condition attached to it: to learn the Ecuadorian Quichua language before they got married.
In 1953, Jim and Elisabeth married in Quito, Ecuador and continued their work in that nation where Jim wanted to enter the territory of an unreached tribe, the Aucas, a fierce group who had killed previous workers. Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death. (as told in the book and movie, End of the Spear.)
4. Now alone with her 10-month-old daughter, Valerie, she continued to live among and minister to the Quichua tribe where she met two Auca women who lived with her and taught her the tribe’s language. She then went as a missionary to serve the tribe that killed her husband. While there the people gave Elisabeth the tribal name Gikari,(Woodpecker).
5. While in Ecuador, she wrote her story, Through Gates of Splendor, Shadow of the Almighty and The Savage, My Kinsmen. In 1963 she returned to the U.S.and she began a career as a writer and speaker and authored 24 books.
6. For 13 years, she hosted a 12-minute radio program aimed at women called Gateway to Joy. She opened each episode by saying, “’You are loved with an everlasting love,’ that’s what the Bible says ‘and underneath are the everlasting arms.’ This is your friend, Elisabeth Elliot . . .”
7. In 1969, Elisabeth married Addison Leitch, professor of theology at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts who died in 1973. After Leitch’s death Elisabeth had two lodgers who rented a room in her home: one of them married her daughter, the other one, Lars Gren, married her.
8. Elisabeth’s life has been portrayed in a play (Bridge of Blood: Jim Elliot Takes Christ to the Aucas), a musical (Love Above All), and a film (End of the Spear).
9. In 2004 her health declined and she suffering from dementia. She stopped her program and that is where Nancy DeMoss began Revive Our Hearts. Her husband Lars Gren said Elliot has handled dementia just as she did the deaths of her husbands. [knowing] they were no surprise to God, something she would rather not have experienced, but she received it.”
Nancy DeMoss wrote:
” Elisabeth kept coming back to this message: “God doesn’t exist to meet our needs. Ultimately, He is God; He is worthy of our obedience, our worship, and our surrender to Him as Lord. When I received the news that Elisabeth Elliot had gone to be with the Lord, I wept. It’s hard to describe the multitude of thoughts and emotions that those tears represented. To think of Elisabeth at Home with Christ makes the thought of heaven all the richer and sweeter. She has received that welcome from Christ that we all long to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your Lord.” May the message she has written on so many of our hearts be one we write on the hearts of those who are coming behind us. And may He find us faithful, as was our friend Elisabeth Elliot—all the way to the finish line.”
A young mother named Adrian Segal called Elisabeth Elliot her spiritual mother because she listened to her radio programs each day. “I am grateful Elisabeth Elliot devoted her life to doing this for women in my generation. In just minutes a day, she helped me love my husband better. She helped me raise happy and obedient children who love the Lord. She helped me see that my greatest calling is to live each day, each moment, doing the next thing to the glory of the Lord.”
These words of Elisabeth meant a great deal to her.
Elisabeth Elliot said:
“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness”.
“The deepest things that I have learned in my own life have come from the deepest suffering. And out of the deepest waters and the hottest fires have come the deepest things that I know about God.”
“Trust Him and do the next thing.”
Excerpts from Adrian Rogers’ sermon. “Father the Leader of the Band”
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. There is to be harmony in the home. Indeed, and who’s the leader, who orchestrates this wonderful music? Fathers. Psalm 128 (NIV) contains a special message to fathers, so if you’re one, I’d like you to notice five wonderful truths to help you put music in your home.
1. The Father’s Labor v. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. There’s something wonderful about honest work — providing for your family and coming home to enjoy what God has given.
2.The Companion That He Loves v.3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; A father’s companion is his faithful wife, because she clings to him like a vine clings to a wall. And a husband is to be to his wife what a wall is to a vine — her support and strength.
3. The Children That He Leads “your children will be like olive shoots around your table.” Did you know that the olive is a biblical symbol of fruitfulness and righteousness? An olive tree, if it is well established, can provide fruit for twenty generations. If your wife is like a vine and your children are like olive plants, what is your role? You are to cultivate them! Wise is the dad that understands that it is his duty and privilege to cultivate his wife’s love and meet her needs, and to cultivate his children and meet their needs. The husband encourages and builds up his wife by shining His love and showering his affections upon her.
4. The Character That He Lives Now, most people think happiness comes from marriage or money, success or fitness. The Bible says that the fear of God brings happiness. And what does it mean to fear God? I like to think it is simply love on its knees. A dad who fears God shows it by the way that he lives with integrity.
I Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” Do you know the problem with many dads? They’re not content. Dads, what do you want to be remembered for? The job you held? The yard you kept? The money you earned?. Wouldn’t you like them to say, “My dad feared God. My dad walked in the ways of God.” If not it is never too late to change those things and show your children how much you care for them out of your love for God.
5. The Contribution That He Leaves Look now at vs. 4-6 — 4 Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord. 5 May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. 6 May you live to see your children’s children, peace be on Israel.
Oh what a blessing to see your children and grandchildren serving the Lord. There is hope for you. Every child of God has a Father who loves them unconditionally and eternally. You can crawl up into His lap anytime, anywhere and get a hug. Take this truth from the Word of God and not only think on it, but hide it in your heart.
1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him.
2 You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
4 Yes, this will be the blessing
for the man who fears the Lord.
5 May the Lord bless you from Zion;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
6 May you live to see your children’s children—
peace be on Israel.
At our wedding as Ken waited at the altar and my dear father, Beryl Allen Shipley, stood with me at the back of the church before we processed down the isle, I sang this song.
It Was Heaven’s Grace that Made Thee Mine
You come to me to share life’s rain and sunshine,
Its dirges and its glad refrains;
To be with me in hope and disappointment,
In every loss, in all life’s gains.
Now, since we two have sought the will of Heaven,
And strive to walk the path of God’s decree,
He will make our joys increase, With a love that cannot cease,
He can give us perfect peace, always.
It was Heaven’s grace that made thee mine,
Only Heaven could give such love as thine.
Now all the loneliness and fear have passed away, And you are mine for aye;
Ah, your call to me, in love’s sweet voice, Made my heart of hearts rejoice.
Now my joy is complete and all the day is bright …
Since the grace of Heaven made thee mine!
— Norman J. Clayton (1951)
This song was published in Wedding Melodies with Hammond Organ Registration by Gospel Songs, Inc. Babylon NY…1951…. I have it in my library.
I found the following note on the internet several years ago. I have the book but wanted a quick short cut to the words so I would not have to type them… and I found this on the internet but don’t have the link any longer…. Since I have the book and also usually made a large print copy of the words to songs I used to sing, I also had it in my computer files.
Wylie Fulton & Louie Lee Stone – Wedding
N.B. Norman J. Clayton (1903-1992) was an accomplished hymnwriter who is noted for other songs such as “Now I Belong to Jesus.” The above hymn, however, is very rare, and was sung at the wedding ceremony of Wylie & Lou Fulton in Waco, Texas, December 8, 1962. Our service was conducted by the late Pastor Tom L. Daniel of Tabernacle Baptist Church. This song was selected and recommended to us by our dear friend Mrs. Brown, the church pianist. It was sung by another dear friend Ed Lane. A search on the internet failed to locate these words and so I have posted them here. These lines are worthy of being preserved. Truly a great song for two people who have in prayer sought the will of Heaven in their choice of each other as lifetime mates! May the Lord make these words a blessing to all who come to this site. If any copyright is hereby infringed, we apologize. To my wife, Lou, after 45 years I can sing with all my heart, as in 1962: “It was Heaven’s grace that made thee mine!” It is wonderful to believe that Romans 8:28 applies to all areas of a believer’s life, including MARRIAGE.
PRAYING FOR YOUR HUSBAND
(CHURCH LEADERS, SONS, GRANDSONS ETC.)
PRAYING FOR YOUR HUSBAND (CHURCH LEADERS, SONS, young people, children, etc.)
Nancy DeMoss has a download available for praying for your husband for 31 days. I will refer to just a few of the suggested prayers for your husband. For those who are single women your ministry can be one of prayer for our spiritual leaders and the young people in the church.
The Apostle Paul instructed all Christians to pray for one another Eph. 6:18 (KJV) “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Earnest prayer for your husband is good for him, for you and the spiritual health of your home. (Prov. 31:11-12). Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
Trust God through prayer as you daily surrender your husband and marriage to the Lord’s wise, loving care.
Pray that your husband will experience spiritual growth and guard his heart by Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation and scripture memorization. (2 Pet. 3:18 ”But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”
Pray that your husband’s relationship with God and His Word will bear fruit in his life. Pray that he will be wise and God-fearing. Proverbs 3: 7-8 (NIV) “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
Pray that your husband’s heart will be tender toward the voice of the Lord. Psalm 51:2-4 (NIV) “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.”
Pray that your husband will love righteousness and hate the evils of todays culture, and avoid it. Proverbs 27:12 (NIV) “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”
– Pray that his heart will be pure and undivided in his commitment to you. Romans 13:14 (NIV)” Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”
Ladies, You have a ministry, a “Great Commission” trough Prayer. The prayer’s suggested in Nancy’s Challenge to pray for your husbands could fit anyone you are praying for with just a few minor alterations. Let’s be prayer warriors. All of us, for everyone.
As a pastor’s wife I have been challenged and convicted to pray for my husband. This is out of love for him, love for the ministry and to glorify God. We women may go to counselors, other women, seminars or support groups and indeed I have learned a great deal this way but I believe God is saying, “Try Me in this”! The Lord is calling the church “all born again Christians” to Stand in the Gap.” Can the Lord find us praying for our husbands, our marriages and our children’s marriages and praying for the leadership in the church. This does not mean to go around and to control people with your opinion of how things should be done but praying that God will give the leadership wisdom. He is Able. James 5:16 …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Ladies, praying should be your main ministry. Can you imagine what this world would be like if women were praying daily for their husbands, their children and their mates? A woman partnering with God in prayer for her husband. Using your God given confidence is a powerful tool that God can use to pull down strongholds. This is not a means to get your way, women, it is for the Glory of God. Titus 2:4 says: “ That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.” Join me for at least one hour a day. This is the greatest way for you to show love for your husband. You might say I don’t have a husband. Perhaps your husband is with the Lord or you are a single person. Then pray for a son, grandson or nephew or a young man in the church.
Step up to the call and into the challenge. Jesus is interceding for you. He loves us with an everlasting love. He delights in us. Let the confidence you have in Christ within your feminine soul rise up and begin today. Partner with God for His Glory. Let us be women of prayer. The Bible says in I Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
How much time does it take to drive to the grocery? Pray. While you are preparing a meal, pray. Plan it. Choose verses that you can pray and put them on a card and post it at the sink. How about prayer during the commercials. You all know what the mute button is. Or get up an hour earlier. If you wake in the night, pray. Make general lists and have them handy. This is important?
We must understand that satan would have us and we must resist him. The Bible says we are the Bride of Christ and that we must submit to God–
Our Grand DIL Lydia arrived at her marriage to Taylor with a lovely white gown. She had beautiful red flowers and as she lifted her dress to take a step you could she that she was wearing bright red Converse running shoes. I think we got the message that she was in it for the long haul….. we too need to think of that Bride in a beautiful white gown wearing work shoes, trusting God to defend.
In 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV) we read, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (NKJV). Make sure your heart is right daily, and then start out each day praying. Ps. 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
My Strength is gone
My voice is low
My hands cease their labor
Yet they raise to Him
My heart’s silent song of Praise
He knows my thoughts
With thankful heart
I lift my silent call.
To yield to Him my all.
My heart’s silent song of Praise.
Those gifts He loaned
To use for HIM
That others too could know
Of His great love.
My heart’s silent song of Praise.
Still Singing His Praise in My Heart.
This humble little poem is my Heart as I realize more and more how the Lord allows us to give our talents to Him which has been my desire since my youth.
I thank Him for the honor of having been able to serve Him in so many ways and now He is allowing me to honor HIM in other ways…. Praying that I will be open to these new ways as I continue to serve HIM as long as He chooses.
It is such a JOY to know that He has the plans.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. –Jer. 12:11 NIV
Angelina Jolie tells much of Louis Zamperini’s extraordinary life in the film “Unbroken,” released in 2014 after his death in July, but the rest of his story is being told in a short film released from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association “Captured By Grace”, on December 25, the same day Unbroken was released.
Zamperini was a former Olympian distance runner who spent 47 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean before being captured and tortured by the Japanese. His gripping life story told in the best-selling book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” moved Jolie so much that it drove the actress to make a film about his journey. . The movie covered just 33 out of 39 of the book’s chapters and only mentioned in passing Mr Zamperini’s pivotal 1949 conversion to Jesus Christ,”
Franklin Graham, told Fox News, that though “Unbroken” is an excellent adaptation of the Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Zamperini, the film has skipped essential parts in the former prisoner of war’s story, particularly concerning his Christian faith.
“The most important part of the book”, Mr. Graham said, since they explain how Mr. Zamperini really became ‘unbroken’ was his post-war struggles with revenge, nightmares, alcoholism and a failing marriage” These were turned around after he gave his life to Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade revival led by the legendary evangelist. Mr. Graham told Fox News that Mr. Zamperini was at first reluctant to take the elder Graham’s offer to put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ. But he did, and went home that night, got rid of his pornography, his alcohol and his cigarettes, and found the Bible given to him in the military.
Zamperini said, “I started to leave the tent meeting, and I felt [awfully] guilty about my life. “Yes, I had a lot of great times, a lot of great experience, a lot of escape from death, but I still didn’t like my life after the war. I came home alive. God kept His promise. I hadn’t keep mine, and so I went forward and accepted Christ.”
That is what conversion to Christ.should be like….
A complete change in your life .
My Darling, Best Friend, and Husband of 60 years this Dec.24.
Faithful Provider – 25 years studying, working, being a pastor, teaching, so that he could support his family while ministering in struggling works which could not pay a full-time wage. While a Chaplain in Viet Nam he wrote me a letter every day and even sent some of his living money home in addition to our dependency allotment. When he got home from VietNam he immediately found any honest job… One doing a Corn Huskers Lotion survey dressed in bib overalls and a straw hathe gave them a $10 bill if they could produce a bottle of Corn Huskers in the house, three times work several total years as a church custodian in 4 separate churches including Catholic, Two Methodist, and a Baptist church in conjunction with pastoring his own church, We always joked about how those other churches were supporting our ministry.
Timely Even when working full time, attending college and seminary he was always there when he said he would be there and still is… When he is out calling or on an errand…most of the time right on the minute I could plan the meal and have it ready and the kiddies could watch out the window. The kids tease him still because he always gave fair warning when he would depart saying “5 minutes” or “2 minutes or in the car at 8:34. (Why I love living next door) Beginning in the morning he somehow calculates just how much time it takes to go to Kies house or to see Evelyn in Jackson or to fix the light in the sign. If he is running late I can be pretty sure he had a problem and with the cell phone I will receive a call even if he is only a mile away. Since I have been pretty much on liquids and he knows how satisfying McDonald Frozen Yogurt is for me, he will bring one packed in the cooler a special way to keep it cold and a “sorry” if it tips en route. Thank you, Honey.
Patience – Though he was not always a patient waiter he never kept us waiting if he could possibly help it. When we go to WalMart on Monday morning I ‘jump” on a scooter and go my way and he goes his and when we have had ample time we try to meet in the grocery department to finish up together. I watch for his black Russian hat and the box with the bottled water in the cart. Last week I zoomed back and forth and could not find him in his usual places and finally decided to go to the front to see if he was there– sure enough, looking back and forth Patiently waiting and when I apologized he assured me it was only a few minutes.
Selfless – He has never had a hobby or night out with the guys. His love is the ministry, serving God, his family and helping people to find Christ and earnestly wants to be there for you in the hard times.
Servant – helps with laundry – holding up one of my shrunken sweaters- suggested that our youngest g-gr-daughter, Keira might be the right size. When finishing dishes often delights in exasperating me by piling them around the whole counter in precarious positions… Which he doesn’t do as much since my shaky hands and failing vision cause me to knock them over and break them…..
Oh, well, Nobody is perfect– but today is His birthday and he is a “Basket Case when it comes to gift shopping, but his stedfast faithfulness, patience and love shown to me exemplifies this Scripture:
“Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7)
Happy Birthday, I love you, Sweetheart!