He Is No Fool

He Is No Fool


This statement was made by Jim Elliot. He sealed it with his blood, along with his four fellow servants of Christ, when he was speared to death by the Auca Indians beside the Curaray River in Ecuador on January 8, 1956. The country of Ecuador is shown in the background, lettered with John 12:24-25 repeated over and over.

  • Story Behind the Art

    Not long after I gave my life to Christ, I clearly remember reading the two books "Through Gates of Splendor" and "Shadow of the Almighty".  These books greatly impacted me! Elisabeth Elliot wrote them about her husband, Jim Elliot, who had died at the hands of the Auca Indians, to whom he was endeavoring to give the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    After Joy and I were married, I took a short lettering class in Columbus, Ohio, with Anne Woods. This was my final project for that class.

  • Translation


  • Text

    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

    Jim Elliot 

    Born: October 8, 1927, Portland, OR

    Died: January 8, 1956, Curaray River, Ecuador


    John 12:24-25

    24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

    25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

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