June 28, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

June 28, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

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”.

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“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.”

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“Trust Him and do the next thing.”

―Elisabeth Elliot

September 21, 2014     Jane’s Heart to Heart       …. Pastor’s Helpmate

It is Never Too Late to Change the course of your life….

Matthew 28: 18 Then Jesus came to them and said,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, bap-tizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Ken’s father gave His life to the Lord in his 50’s and began studying for the ministry,  was ordained, and served as a pastor for 17 years. He preached from a chair the Wednesday night before his weak heart gave out he following Wed.  He spent himself for His Saviour.

My brother-in-law and his wife in their retirement years  took their RV and gave their lives to the Lord for His service as volunteers for a Christian organization that built churches. His wife Bille fixed meals for the workers for  YEARS.  Then Bill managed the camp grounds for Wycliff Bible Translators  and Billie volunteered  in the office for a while and then did alterations for people for a donation to the mission. They sang together also at various meetings. (I had the privilege of donating my commercial sewing machines to Wycliff which she used). When she developed Alzheimer’s they had to return home where they still were faithful as lay-workers in their local church. While they were able they did what they could to win people to the Lord. 

My mother in her retirement years was a faithful caller in the nursing homes and also took the leadership of  A Women’s Bible class for several years until her heart became too weak. My sister took also began teaching a  Bible class and she also has a ministry of her own to nursing homes.  She is faithfully trying to win people to Christ and bring  them to a closer walk with Christ.

My younger adopted Brother had many shortcoming in his youth, and as an adult surrendered to Christ.  Today he is volunteering his life with the Christian Motorcycle Association seeking to win others to Christ.

It is never too late to serve the Lord and become involved in winning people to Christ… Are the things you do a true ministry for Christ?  Have you ever led someone to a saving knowledge of Christ?  Ask yourself …Are the things I do from day to day a service for the Lord. What will these things that I do count for in eternity?

Whatever it takes, learn to share the gospel and lead others to the saving knowledge of Christ before it is too late.

Go ye into all the world and teach the Gospel. Matt. 28:18-20.

This is the great commission to Christians to share the Gospel.

What is the Gospel?   That Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again and is coming again.     Let’s not keep your faith a secret.