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Becoming Elisabeth Elliot

Ellen Vaughn

“My life is on Thy Altar, Lord—for Thee to consume” —Elisabeth Elliot

As we head into our twentieth year of ministry at Revive Our Hearts, we are tracing our roots back to the life and ministry of Elisabeth Elliot and celebrating what God can do with a woman willing to lay her life on God’s altar. What will God do through your life of faithfulness?

How We Started

“It came down to the life message that I had learned from Elisabeth Elliot, and that is: trust and obey.” —Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

In the early 2000s our ministry founder, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, was chosen as the successor to Elisabeth’s widely impactful radio program, Gateway to Joy. Nancy had been earnestly praying for God to raise up another voice who would continue ministering to women over the airwaves when Elisabeth was no longer able to do so, never knowing that voice would be her own.Revive Our Hearts aired for the first time on September 3, 2001 just as Elisabeth and the Gateway to Joy team were preparing to hit the airwaves for the final time. 

Nancy remembers, “I look back at that as being a really unique, special opportunity to have been in proximity to a woman who touched my life in such a significant way. And in a sense, to receive from the Lord a baton of faith that I have felt such a huge sense of responsibility to pass on to this next generation of listeners.” 

Here at Revive Our Hearts, we are so grateful for the influence of Elisabeth Elliot. We stand on her shoulders as we continue to call women to freedom, fullness, and fruitfulness in Christ. 


A Look Back & Ahead

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We are grateful for your commitment to give prayer and financial support to the ministry of Revive Our Hearts. As a special thank-you during the month of September, our Welcome Collection includes this new biography on the life of Elisabeth Elliot as well as a library of "Lies" books for the whole family.

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About the Author

Ellen Vaughn

Ellen Vaughn

Ellen is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who has written or co-written twenty-three books. Former vice president of executive communications at Prison Fellowship, she collaborated with the late Chuck Colson on a number of his seminal works. She speaks at conferences, often travels to interview Christ-followers in hostile parts of the world, and serves on the board of directors for ICM, the global church developer.

With degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Richmond, Ellen lives in northern Virginia with husband Lee, a regional pastor for McLean Bible Church, a daughter and two grandchildren, and one clueless dog. She enjoys reading, hiking, drinking coffee, and staring pensively at the ocean.