Jim Eliot is a great example someone who gave his youth to God. As a college student, he had aspirations to be used powerfully in ministry. After graduating he became a missionary to the Ecuadorians, and eventually was killed by the Waodani Indians at the young age of 28. While we wish that no one have the same fate as he did, we believe that all people, especially young people, can influence and change all the world for God. We don’t agree with all the Jim Eliot taught, but his story is a great encouragement for people in campus ministry who are considering going on an OYC.

I do not wonder that you are saddened at the word of my going to South America….Grieve not, then, if your sons seems to desert you, but rejoice, rather, seeing the will of God done gladly. Remember how the Psalmist described children? He said that they were as an heritage from the Lord, and that every man should be happy who had his quiver full of them. And what is a quiver full of but arrows? And what are arrows for but to shoot? So with the strong arm of prayer, draw the bowstring back and let the arrows fly—all of them straight at the Enemy’s hosts.

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