Son of Martyred Man Befriends Father’s Killer

50 years ago, five North American missionaries made international news when they were martyred for their faith by the Waodani (formerly known as “Auca”) people of Ecuador. Tomorrow, on Friday, January 20, 2006, a new motion picture, The End of the Spear, will introduce their courageous story to a new generation. But the story didn’t end the moment that Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint and Roger Youderian were killed. Rather, it was the start of a new saga for the families of the slain men. Publisher Christianity Today International (“CTI”) is able to offer our experts on this amazing story to your media organization for your interview and quotation needs.
SYNOPSIS: After her brother was killed, Rachel Saint returned as a missionary to the Waodani people. Years later, Nate Saint’s son, Steve, also befriended the tribe, becoming particularly close to Mincaye, the man who killed his father. As a result of this, 40 percent of the Waodani now believe in Christ and many are furthering the cause of the gospel through dentistry. The End of the Spear tells these stories.
“When I was a little boy and my dad flew off and was killed,” Steve Saint says, “I thought, How can life ever be good again? But God gave me the man who killed my father to be like a father to me and a grandfather to my children.”
The 1956 martyrdom had substantial effects in the realm of Christian missions. The fiftieth anniversary of the killing of these missionaries is commemorated as the movie makes its debut. The past fifty years have not dimmed the amazing details of this story.

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