Pete Fleming

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Pete Fleming
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Olive and Pete Fleming
Born November 23, 1928
Seattle, Washington
Died January 8, 1956 (age 27)
Curaray River, Ecuador
Nationality American
Education University of Washington
(1946-51)
Occupation Missionary
Religion Christian (Plymouth Brethren)
Spouse(s) Olive Fleming (née Ainslie)
(Jun 26, 1954 – Jan 8, 1956)
Parents Kenneth Fleming
Greta Fleming
Website
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Peter Sillence Fleming (November 23, 1928 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelical Christian who was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador.

Early life[edit]

Fleming was born in Seattle, Washington. He was taught the Bible from an early age, but claimed he was not a Christian until he was 13 years old after hearing the testimony of a blind evangelist. During his late teens and early twenties, Fleming was known for his knowledge of Scripture and spiritual maturity.

In high school, Fleming earned letters in basketball and golf. He was also a good student and graduated as valedictorian of his class. He also won a city-wide oratorical contest.

In 1946, Fleming went to the University of Washington as a philosophy major. He was very driven in college, working part-time and dedicating much time to prayer and Bible study, as well as keeping up on his classes. He was also elected president of the UCA at his college. He which he received a masters degree in 1951.

Fleming met Jim Elliot during many conferences and mountain climbing expeditions arranged by a big Christian organization.[which?] They were good friends and once spent six weeks preaching across the country with each other. Elliot had a great deal of influence on Fleming and was largely responsible for his becoming a missionary and for his breaking off of his engagement with Olive Ainslie, a childhood friend.

Ecuador[edit]

Fleming went to Ecuador in 1952 as a part of a two-man team with Jim Elliot. After serving on the mission field in Ecuador, Jim Elliot married Elisabeth Elliot. Shortly afterwards, Fleming proposed to Olive in a letter, and they were married in 1954.

In September 1955, Fleming joined with Elliot and three other missionaries in Operation Auca, an attempt to reach the Huaorani Indians with the Gospel. He was the last member of the team to join, largely because of concerns of his wife. They had only been married 18 months when all five of the team were attacked by a group of Huaorani warriors and Fleming was killed along with the other missionaries. A search party found Fleming's body floating in the Curaray River. His body was identified by a red woven belt he was wearing.

According to reports, Fleming was speared by Kimo, a man who later became one of the first Huaorani converts to Christianity. Four years before his death, he wrote in a journal "I do want to be committed to the work there laying down my life for their faith." Some of the Quichua Indians and even some of the Auca killers came to saving faith in Christ.

Shortly before Fleming's death, Olive had her second miscarriage. She soon returned to the United States in order to recover. She eventually remarried, to Walt Liefeld.

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