Jim Elliot Research Paper

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Slap! As the newborn’s cry pierced the air, Philip James Elliot was welcomed into the world on October 8 in 1927 (Wikipedia). He was born, like all of us, pink, fragile, and helpless. With time, spiritual maturity, and answering the call, he developed into a mighty man of God and great in the Christian faith. People are still impacted by his life and death. Elliot, known as Jim, was a missionary who was brutally killed in the attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people (Wikipedia). Jim Elliot’s death was not in vain because of his lasting legacy, which is illustrated by the choices he made, the transformation of the tribe, and the encouragement to others worldwide. To fully understand why Elliot made certain choices in his life, one has to…show more content…
The five men, Jim Elliot, Peter Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian, all had different skills yet held the same “commitment to seek God’s will and to carry out [H]is purposes for their lives” (“Did They”). They prepared themselves by examining oil company reports and learning phrases in the Huaorani’s language from a runaway native (“Did They”; Flickas). Saint, the plane pilot, and McCully flew over the jungle many times in order to find a clearing to begin contact (“Did They”; Flickas). The missionaries flew over, dropped friendship gifts, and spoke into the loudspeaker, “‘We like you. We are your friends’” in the Huaorani’s language (“Did They”). Soon the tribe itself began to give gifts of their own to the missionaries by tying it onto the end of the cord (“Did They”). After a handful of months of these exchanges, the missionaries decided to set up a camp along the Curaray River (“Did They”; Wikipedia). On January 2 in 1956, Saint flew the missionaries to the selected campsite and signaled the tribe by flying multiple times near their area (“Did They”). They waited three days on the bank before they saw some of the Huaorani people (“Did They”). At first, a younger and an elder woman appeared to the missionaries and then a man joined the women after he believed the missionaries were not a threat (“Did They”). The three people “seemed relaxed and acted in a friendly manner”…show more content…
Nankiwi, the man, wished to take another wife and pursued this woman (“Did They”). The woman’s family was against the marriage, therefore Nankiwi threatened to kill her brother (“Did They”). The woman was confused by her family’s stance and believed if she did not marry, she would let the cowodi, meaning outsiders, kill her instead (“Did They”). She ran off to find the cowodi and Nankiwi took the opportunity to go after her (“Did They”). An older woman chose to be a chaperone because she knew if the two were found together, there would be killings within the tribe (“Did They”). When the tribe saw Nankiwi in the airplane, they decided to go see the cowodi as well (“Did They”). On their way there, they found Nankiwi and the girl alone (“Did They”). Nankiwi was afraid of the tribe’s rage and lied to them. He told them the cowodi attacked and as they fled, they got separated with their chaperone (“Did They”). Since there was no authority in the tribe, the eldest, Gikita, judged what was to be done (“Did They”). He thought back to the times when the cowodi killed and decided that these new ones should be put to death (“Did They”). When the older woman came back, she told the truth and tried to protect the missionaries; however, it was too late (“Did

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