This morning someone gave me a copy of the book Unfolding Destinies by Olive Fleming Liefeld. Olive was one of the five widows of the Ecuador missionary martyrs in 1956. The sacrifice of these five men and their families sparked a movement of young people into missionary work. Jim Elliot was the most famous of these martyrs and the one whom I have read the most. In a letter to his sister he once wrote:
Fix your eyes on the rising morning Star. Don't be disappointed at anything or over-elated either. Live every day as if the Son of Man were at the door and gear your thinking to the fleeting moment. Just how can it be redeemed? Walk as if the next step would carry you across the threshold of heaven. Pray. That saint who advances on his knees never retreats.
Excerpt from Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot.