“We’re going down now, pistols, gifts, novelties in our pockets, prayer in our hearts.—All for now. Your lover, Jim.”
As far as I know, these were the last words Jim wrote. He had yet four days to live. All that we know of those four days is told elsewhere. Suffice it to say that on Friday the thrill of Jim’s lifetime was given. He took an Auca by the hand. At last the twain met. Five American men, three naked savages.
Two days later, on Sunday, January 8, 1956, the men for whom Jim Elliot had prayed for six years killed him and his four companions.
w. Somerset Maugham, in Of Human Bondage, wrote, “These old folk had done nothing, and when they died it would be just as if they had never been.” Jim’s comment on this was, “God deliver me!” When he died, Jim left little of value, as the world regards values. He and I had agreed long before that we wanted no insurance. We would store our goods in heaven, share what the Lord gave us as long as we had it, and trust him literally for the future, in accord with the principles Paul set forth to the Corinthians: “It is a matter of share and share alike. At present your plenty should supply their need, and then at some future date their plenty may supply your need. In that way we share with each other, as the Scripture says,
‘He that gathered much had nothing over,
And he that gathered little had no lack.’ ”
When the children of Israel were given manna in the wilderness, they received enough for one day. They were not told to lay up for tomorrow.
So, of material things, there were few; a home in the jungle, a few well-worn clothes, books, and tools. The men who went to try to rescue the five brought back to me from Jim’s body his wrist watch, and from the Curaray beach, the blurred pages ...1
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