Jim Elliot & Companions Martyred in Ecuador

January 8, 1956

In January 1956, Life Magazine published a stunning ten-page article on the recent deaths of five American missionaries in Ecuador at the hands of a “Stone Age” tribe they were trying to evangelize. Philip James (“Jim”) Elliot was killed on January   8, 1956, by members of the Huaorani tribe of Ecuador. Killed with him were Ed McCully, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming, and their pilot, Nate Saint.

Elliot was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1927 and raised in a Plymouth Brethren family. From his youth, he planned to become a missionary overseas, and in 1952, he and Fleming arrived in Ecuador to evangelize the Quechua tribe. A year later, in 1953, Elliot married Wheaton College alumna and missionary Elisabeth Howard, who joined him in the field.

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