With sadness yet gratitude we note that Elizabeth Elliot left this world earlier this week and, in the words she made famous, passed through the gates of splendor. Her Christ-centered love story with missionary Jim Elliot, her incredible bravery and ministry as a young mother to the Aucan tribes that murdered him and four others missionaries, her ongoing God-glorifying teaching ministry, and especially her piercing and prolific writing have been greatly used by the Lord. I add my voice to the many who acknowledge that they have been deeply shaped by her books.
Below are several moving tributes to Elizabeth followed by a video where, in her own words, she recounts her story. Read and watch, but do not stop there. Summer is a great time to read her “trilogy” that uses in part the diaries of Jim Elliot to tell their story: Through Gates of Splendor, Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot, and The Savage My Kinsman. What a story of Christ’s redeeming power God wrote through their lives!