Olive and Pete Fleming
November 23, 1928|
January 8, 1956 (aged 27)|
Curaray River, Ecuador
|Education||University of Washington (1946–1951)|
Olive Fleming (née Ainslie)|
(June 26, 1954 – January 8, 1956)
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.
Fleming was born in Seattle, Washington. He was taught the Bible from an early age, but did not get actually saved 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 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, and received a master's degree from there in 1951.
Fleming met Jim Elliot during many conferences and mountain climbing expeditions arranged by a large Christian organization.[which?] They were good friends and once spent six weeks preaching together across the country. Elliot had a great deal of influence on Fleming and was largely responsible for his becoming a missionary and for his decision to (temporarily) break off his engagement to Olive Ainslie, a childhood friend.
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 Auca 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 Auca 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.
- Elliot, Elisabeth (2005). Through Gates of Splendor. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale. ISBN 0-8423-7151-6.
- Fleming, Ken (1995). Peter Fleming: A Man of Faith. Christian Missions in Many Lands. p. 152. ISBN 1-888735-86-3.
- Liefeld, Olive Fleming (1990). Unfolding Destinies: The Untold Story of Peter Fleming and the Auca Mission. Discovery House Publishers. ISBN 1-57293-041-1.