a tribute to Elisabeth Elliot Gren
|Elisabeth with Jim before his death in 1956|
This past June, she went Home to be with Jesus at the age of 88, after a long battle with dementia. She's always been one of our favorites around Bloom! and we've learned so much from her humble and beautiful example over the years (you can see what Emily wrote about her here), so we wanted to honor her life and share a bit about this woman of God.
Growing up, one of the first missionary stories I heard was about Jim and Elisabeth Elliot in the jungles of Ecuador. I remember my mom reading to me about the Elliots and how Jim and four other men were martyred for their faith in 1956. I was so surprised when I heard that Elisabeth later moved back to Ecuador and lived with the Waorani tribe, even after they killed Jim. I remember thinking after hearing all this that I wanted to love Christ like she did and I also wanted to live my faith with that same grace and bravery, too!
Elisabeth wrote over 20 books, some of which are still bestsellers today. Through Gates of Splendor might well be the most chronicled missionary account in the past century. Some other of her more popular titles are Let Me Be a Woman and Passion and Purity. I have read many of Elisabeth's books and am always so encouraged, inspired and convicted by them. They are well worth the read and some of the best books out there to encourage you in your walk with Jesus!
|Elisabeth and husband Lars Gren|
Elisabeth left a legacy rich in Christ and would always point others back to Him and His Word and not to herself. When asked on her opinion about a topic, she would say to seek God and check the Bible! She considered herself a servant of the Almighty and whether she was sharing the Gospel as a missionary in Ecuador, writing a book, doing an interview, hosting a radio broadcast, raising her daughter, or even cleaning the bathroom, she sought to do all for Christ. She was bold when speaking or writing, yet with grace, and wasn't afraid to call sin what it really is - sin! Yet she was also a woman full of kindness and a warmth not her own but His. She let Jesus speak through her, His love flow through her and touch thousands and thousands of hearts. We are so grateful she did!
We'll let Elisabeth leave you with a few final words:
“Leave it all in the hands that were wounded for you.”
“If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things.”
“I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength in it.”