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New Book by Jim and Elisabeth Elliot’s Only Daughter Inspires Next Generation to Trust God in Adversity

This plaque at Wheaton College commemorates tw...

This plaque at Wheaton College commemorates two alumni: Jim Elliot (bottom) and Ed McCully (top). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Author Valerie Shepard Elliot Takes Advice from Her Mother Elisabeth Elliot to Pen a Children’s Book about Her Unique Childhood in the Ecuadorian Jungle, Titled “Pilipinto’s Happiness: The Jungle Childhood of Valerie Elliot”


SOUTHPORT, NC, Aug. 27, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Valerie Elliot Shepard was 10 months old when a primitive tribe of Ecuadorian Indians made a martyr of her 29-year-old father and his four Wheaton College classmates. But that didn’t stop Valerie and her mother from moving to live with those same savage Auca Indians to complete the Elliot family’s evangelical mission: to eclipse the tribe’s savagery with the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.
Now, 85 years after the birth of Christian missionary and hero of the faith Jim Elliot, Valerie shares the story of her unique jungle childhood with a new generation of believers.
Told through the wide, curious eyes of a child, Valerie’s new children’s book Pilipinto’s Happiness: The Jungle Childhood of Valerie Elliot begins two years after her father’s murder when Valerie and her mother followed the Quichua and Auca Indians to the place she would call home from ages 3 to 8. The book will release on October 8, 2012, the 85th anniversary of Jim Elliot’s birth.
Now all grown up and the mother of eight grown children herself, Valerie invites a new generation to peer behind the veil of her unbelievable childhood experiences and look into the jungle surroundings where she walked, climbed, and fluttered around as “Pilipinto” –meaning “butterfly”–the Indians’ nickname for her.
“The gift to me, and what Mother and God taught me, was the principle of being perfectly content,” Shepard said about the story her now-85-year-old mom, Elisabeth Elliot, suggested she write more than 15 years ago. “God puts us in all kinds of situations as we are growing up. My situation was unusual, amazing, and simple.”
While more than a half-century old, many refreshing new messages surface from the book’s real-life accounts of simple living, faithfulness in adversity, and true heroism. Valerie chronicles in colorful detail how the Indians, their language, and even the dangerous jungle elements created a delightful playground for learning to trust God’s hand and to respect the simplest of His gifts–something Valerie instilled in her own children and is determined to pass on to the next generation.
“There is an awful discontentment among young people,” said Shepard, who recalls having only a book to read when she wasn’t outside playing in the jungle. “I do look at the youth culture and just feel only the Lord can bring about a heart contented with simple pleasures and gifts from the Lord.”
More than just a beautifully-illustrated children’s book, Pilipinto’s Happiness is a powerful tool to familiarize young people, college students, and adults alike–too often starved for Christian heroes and heroines–with powerful models in the faith who demonstrated reckless abandon for the Kingdom of God.
“Because my parents prayed and hoped to bring Indians to the Lord, when my father was killed my mother had no plan or immediate thought she should leave Ecuador,” Shepard remarked. “Human fears would flood her mind, but verses from Scripture gave her peace and assurance we would be taken care of. Mother continued to work with the Indians and continued to pray for them. And the more that she prayed for them, the greater her love grew for these people in need of a Savior.”
For information on Pilipinto’s Happiness: The Jungle Childhood of Valerie Elliot, visit Vision Forum’s online bookstore.

From Radio Listener to Hands-On Missions in Nine Days

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English: Radio HCJB Deutsch: Radio HCJB (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joy FM and HCJB Global Connect for Ministry Blitz in Ecuador

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — When Joy FM listeners in the St. Louis area raised more than $118,000 in a single day for two Christian radio stations in Ecuador, they thought their donation was complete. But for 31 people, that was just the beginning.

Just nine days later, these donors were on a plane to Quito, Ecuador, for hands-on application of their gift.

The mission began when more than 1,000 Joy FM listeners responded to a special call to help HCJB Global keep its two Ecuador stations on the air. The 37-year-old transmitter at HCJB-FM in Quito was failing, and the deteriorating antenna tower at HCJB-2 in Guayaquil caused urgent concern. Signals broadcasting the Gospel from the two stations can be heard by 9 million people, nearly two-thirds of the country’s population.

When the original goal of $91,000 was exceeded, Joy FM General Manager Sandi Brown knew this was an opportunity to further explore, experience and express their Christian faith. Soon 31 Joy FM listeners and station staff members were leaving St. Louis for a further commitment on the ground in Ecuador. This was the first missions trip for many of them, and all raised or paid their own expenses. As radio listeners, most of them did not know one another until they went to Ecuador.

The team undertook work at three main locations: the radio station, a local church and an orphanage. Working alongside HCJB Radio staff in Quito, they totally unwired and relocated the HCJB master control to a better room within the building. The team effort saved the HCJB local staff an estimated two years of labor in just three days.

Other team members tackled a two-day project painting a local church alongside the pastor and members and served in the church’s soup kitchen, Pan de Vida (Bread of Life).

But the Joy FM team expressed their deepest impression as their half-day at an orphanage for physically and mentally challenged children and adults. Many of those residents were unable to walk, talk or feed themselves. Team members fed them, brushed their teeth, communicated with smiles and laughter and read to them as simple acts of demonstrating the love of Jesus.

“I like to have all the answers or access to Google to look them up.  I had none,” said Joy FM air personality Kelly Corday. “My heart was so broken for them that I am still piecing things together.”

From running electrical wires for the radio station, to holding babies in the orphanage, to chopping onions for the church’s soup kitchen, the mission of Joy FM listeners to Ecuador combines the two focuses of HCJB Global: HCJB Global Voice, the mission’s worldwide media ministries largely concentrated in radio evangelism and discipleship, and HCJB Global Hands, a growing array of healthcare and community development ministries worldwide.

“Lasting memories of joy and hope were created for each of the Joy FM listeners as they explored what it means to be the voice and hands of Jesus,” said Steve Hodgson, executive director of development at HCJB Global.

For 80 years the passion of HCJB Global ( has been to make disciples of Christ. Using mass media, healthcare and education, and working with partners around the world, HCJB Global has ministries in more than 100 countries. The gospel is aired in more than 120 languages and dialects. Thousands of healthcare patients are meeting Jesus. Local believers are being trained as missionaries, pastors, broadcasters and healthcare providers.