On January 8, 1956, five Auca Indians of Ecuador killed Jim Elliot and his four missionary companions as they were trying to bring the gospel to the Auca tribe of sixty people. Five young wives lost husbands and nine children lost their fathers. Elisabeth Elliot wrote that the world called it a nightmare of tragedy. Then she added, “The world did not recognize the truth of the second clause in Jim Elliot’s credo:
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep
to gain what he cannot lose.”34
John Piper, Desiring God (Sisters, Or.: Multnomah Publishers, 2003), 251.