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Eleanor Vandevort

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Eleanor Vandevort

by Amanda Coffel


Eleanor Vandevort was born in Bellevue, PA, on October 31, 1925. She was born into a farmer’s family, the middle of three children. Her senior by three years, Malcolm, would eventually become a minister in Ethiopia, where he would raise his family. Her junior by three years, Jeanette, eventually became a successful nurse who stayed in Pennsylvania.
When Eleanor was six years old, the Great Depression hit America. Her parents moved the family to a larger farm in Wexford, PA. Her father ended up losing his job in the city, and had to tend to the farmlands full time.
When Eleanor was older and graduated from her one-roomed schoolhouse, she attended Wheaton College right as World War II was ending. She graduated with a degree in classical Greek. Many students were said to have returned to colleges specifically to learn missionary skills so they could go minister in countries that were torn by the war. It was here at Wheaton that she met Jim & Elisabeth Elliot, her good life-long friends & fellow missionaries.
After graduating in 1940, Eleanor continued to study linguistics for three years, and then headed to Southern Sudan for missionary work. She stayed in Sudan under the United Presbyterian Church for thirteen years, before (in 1963) she and many other missionaries were expelled from the country by the government.
When Eleanor returned to America, she moved in with Elisabeth Elliot in New Hampshire for seven years. Eleanor has said that it was very difficult for her to return to America and readjust to the ways of American life after making Sudan her home for so long. It was during this time spent at Miss Elliot’s home that Eleanor wrote her book, “A Leopard Tamed”.
In 1970, Eleanor moved to Massachusetts and joined the faculty staff at Gordon College, a small liberal arts college just north of Boston. She spent 21 years of her life serving there as a faculty advisor for incoming freshmen with undecided majors.
Eleanor is now retired & lives in Dillsburg, PA.


Amanda Coffel Contributing Author

Amanda Jeanice Coffel


Amanda Coffel has attended Christian school until this year (her senior year) where she will be graduating in the Abeka home school program. Amanda has been active in Church youth and drama groups and in addition to drama, she has a talent for both writing and singing.
Amanda is a published poet and holds mission certification from Commit and Gateway Ministries. She has been to Costa Rica and India where she presented children’s programs and conducted children’s crusades that she wrote and developed herself.

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