Timeline

The Life & Work of Elisabeth Elliot

1920s

Early Family Years: Love, Order, & Values Instilled

December 21, 1926

Elisabeth Howard is born in Brussels, Belgium, to missionary parents, Philip and Katharine Howard.

1927

The Howard family moves to Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

October 8, 1927

Philip James “Jim” Elliot is born in Portland, Oregon, to Fred and Clara Elliot.

1940s

School Years: Boarding School, Heart for Missions, & Love Awakens

1941

Elisabeth attends Hampden DuBose Academy boarding school in Orlando, Florida.

1944

Elisabeth enters Wheaton College desiring to become a Bible translator and studies Classical Greek.

March 23, 1947

Elisabeth meets Jim Elliot, her brother David’s roommate, at Wheaton College.

1948

Elisabeth spends the year at Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta, Canada.

1950s

Missionary Years: Mission Field, Marriage, Motherhood, & Gain through Loss

February 1952

Jim sets sail for Quito, Ecuador, for mission work.

April 1952

Elisabeth sets sail for Quito, Ecuador, for mission work.

October 8, 1953

Elisabeth & Jim marry in Quito, Ecuador.

February 27, 1955

Elisabeth & Jim’s daughter, Valerie, is born.

Shortly after, the Elliot family moves to the Shandia mission base to serve the Quechua people.

September 1, 1955

Jim & other missionaries begin dropping gifts from Nate Saint’s airplane to Waodani tribe members.

  • Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.

January 1, 1956

Missionary families celebrate the 1956 New Year together.

January 3, 1956

“Operation Auca” begins. 5 missionaries fly to & camp at “Palm Beach” with supplies in hopes to reach the Waodani tribe.

January 6, 1956

Successful initial contact in made with members of the tribe.

January 8, 1956

This Sunday morning, members of the Waodani tribe return to “Palm Beach” with spears. They attack & kill all 5 missionaries: Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming, and Ed McCully.

1957

Elisabeth writes Through Gates of Splendor.

1958

Elisabeth, Valerie, & Rachel Saint (Nate Saint’s sister) learn the Huao language & travel into the jungle to live with the Waodani people. Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot is published.

  • Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.

  • Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.

1960s

Early Writing Years: Revival, Return to the States, & Remarriage

1960

Many among the Waodani tribe accept Christ as their Lord & Savior.

  • Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.

  • Dan Derr © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.

1961

The Savage My Kinsman is published.

  • Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.

1963

Elisabeth & Valerie move back to the United Sates to their family home in Franconia, New Hampshire.

1966

No Graven Image is published.

January 1, 1969

Elisabeth & Addison Leitch, a professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, are married.

1970s

Writing & Teaching Years: Love, Loss, & Gain

September 19, 1973

Elisabeth’s second husband, Addison Leitch, dies of cancer. God’s Guidance: A Slow and Certain Light is published.

1974

Elisabeth joins the faculty of Gordon-Conwell Seminary as an adjunct professor.

1975

Valerie marries Walter Shepard.

These Strange Ashes is published, & Elisabeth serves as a contributor to the New International Version of the Bible (NIV).

1976

Let Me Be a Woman is published.

December 21, 1977

Elisabeth & Lars Gren are married.

1978

1980s

Early Public Speaking Years: Writing, Traveling, & Radio

1981

Elisabeth is appointed writer-in-residence at Gordon College in MA. The Mark of a Man is published.

1982

1984

Passion and Purity is published.

1985

A Lamp Unto My Feet is published.

Fall of 1988

Elisabeth begins hosting a daily radio program Gateway to Joy on Back to the Bible.

1990s

Traveling Years: Writing, Lecturing, & Ministering Around the World

1990

A Path Through Suffering is published.

1996

2000s

Sunset Years: Season of Retirement & Fading Memory

August 31, 2001

Final episode of Gateway to Joy radio program is broadcast.

2003

Be Still My Soul is published.

2004

Elisabeth retires from public speaking due to progressing dementia.

June 15, 2015

Elisabeth Elliot passes away in her home in Magnolia, Massachusetts, & enters through Heaven’s Gates of Splendor.

2019

Suffering is Never For Nothing is published posthumously. Valerie Elliot Shepard has her parents letters published in Devotedly: The Personal Letters and Love Story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot.

  • Suffering Is Never for Nothing book cover

June 20, 2020

The Elisabeth Elliot Foundation is established.

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September 15, 2020

Ellen Vaughn’s authorized biography of Elisabeth, Becoming Elisabeth Elliot, is published.