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Donna Otto Talks About How Elisabeth Elliot Mentored Her (Part 1)

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

"My parents were not married when I was born, and my father did not even know I was conceived. My fourteen-year-old mother was living with her parents. My grandfather said she could live in his house, but no child of hers ever could."

"The common begin. The uncommon finish." So says Donna Otto, a mentor of mentors who was mentored herself by Elisabeth Elliot, wife of martyred missionary Jim Elliot, and missionary to the Waorani (Auca) tribe in the jungles of Ecuador.

In this, the first part of an interview with Donna Otto, Mrs. Otto tells about her background as a child of a "black sheep" who grew up constantly shepherded by wise women, eventually including Elisabeth Elliot.

Enjoy this precious interview, and make sure to tune in next week for the finale!

About Donna Otto

For more than 25 years Donna Otto, home and life management expert, has shared inspiration and practical wisdom.

She is an author and founder of Modern Homemakers, formerly Homemakers By Choice, a national organization which offers weekly teaching for a new generation of “counter culture” women who are making a home in the 21st century. To hundreds of young homemakers, Donna has been the wise, fun, Godly Aunt every young woman wishes she had. Each teaching session encourages women in their role as a woman, wife, mother, and keeper of the home.

She is also the founder of Mentors for the Next Generation, a program facilitating mentoring relationships between older and younger women.

Donna and her husband, David, have been married for more than 30 years and live in Arizona. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.

You can learn more about her by checking out her ministry website,


"Turn Your Heart Towards Home" words and music by Steve & Annie Chapman. Used with permission.

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