Elinor Young was nine years old when she first heard God’s whisper about being a missionary. The idea of being a missionary seemed like an impossibility due to her fight with Polio at the age of 5 which left her body profoundly weakened. Nevertheless, in 1975 Elinor began work with the Kimyal tribe at Korupun, Papua, Indonesia. She spent the next 17 years with the Kimyal, focused on linguistic and translation work. In 1991, with just 1/3 of the New Testament translation completed, Elinor developed Post Polio Syndrome and could no longer continue to work in such a rugged environment. It was then that she returned to her home in Washington State. Though retired due to disability, Elinor is still an active member of World Team. She keeps herself busy as the editor of “Great Commission Kids,” and various speaking engagements. Her desire is to help people catch God’s heart for the world. In March 2010, Elinor returned to Korupun to attend the dedication of the Kimyal New Testament. What a joy! But, she says, “I am just as content to be here, now, fulfilling the role God has for me in this chapter of my life.”
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- Creativity in putting together each issue of GC Kids.
- Cooperation of missionaries in writing stories for GC Kids
- For the future missionaries I mentor: Growth in understanding their calling, as far as God has revealed it.
- Expansion of vision for missions among those to whom I speak.