The year was 1956. From the steamy jungles of Ecuador, news spread around the world that five young American men were mercilessly killed by members of the Auca tribe (now known as the Waodani)—a people those young men had gone to serve and befriend. That seemingly senseless tragedy a half century ago has become an inspirational marvel as that same tribe is now friends with the families of those they killed! This is the story of one of those brave torchlighters—Jim Elliot. Jim Elliot spent his youth preparing to share the Gospel with those who’d never heard it. But nothing could have prepared him for the dangers and challenges he’d face in the jungles of Ecuador. The remote Auca tribe was suspicious and antagonistic toward even the most friendly of gestures from outsiders. Would Jim and his fellow missionaries ever be able to break down the hostile barriers and carry a torch of faith to this savage people determined to attack all outsiders?
“The Jim Elliot” story is an incredible story of sacrifice and courage. This animated feature tells the story of Jim and his friends, missionaries who visited Ecuador in the 1950s with the goal of winning a tribe to Christ. The Waodani tribe was unreached by the Gospel but were fearful of strangers. They misunderstood Jim and his friends’ purpose in visiting them, and ultimately five of them were martyred for the cause of Christ. However, there were many conversions that resulted from Jim and his friends visiting Ecuador, and Jim’s family became friends with the Waodani tribe.
Due to the violence in this movie, although it is not gratuitous, we are awarding this film our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages twelve plus. This movie demonstrates the courage and power of faith. And it echoes what Jim Elliot said: “He is no fool to give what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”