On January 8, 1956 five missionaries were murdered in Ecuador: Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Roger Youderian and Pete Fleming.
An outstanding 40-minute documentary, Beyond the Gates of Splendor, has interviews with a number of the tribes people who were there, and with all five of the widows. It was filmed just in time since Marylou McCully (wife of Ed McCully) and Marge Saint (wife of Nate Saint) have gone home with the Lord, and Elisabeth Elliot is no longer in physical condition to give an interview.
The major movie which was released in theaters is called End of the Spear. Randy Alcorn has read and endorsed a book of the same title written by Steve Saint (Nate Saint's son). It's fascinating, filling in the gaps in the original story and also telling the incredible story that's happened since then, in which many of the tribe who killed the missionaries have come to Christ.
The following pictures are a collection from the original event in 1956, the documentary (Beyond the Gates of Splendor), the movie (End of the Spear), and the lives of the families since 1956.
Ed McCully, Pete Fleming & Jim Elliot
Edward McCully, Age 28, MIlwaukee, WI
Jim Elliot, Age 28, Portland, OR
Nate Saint, Age 32, Huntington Valley, PA
Roger Youderian, Age 31, Lewiston, MT
Peter Fleming, Age 27, Teaching Quechuas before the expedition
Nate Saint in front of the mission's Piper airplane
Nate, Marj, Kathy & Steve Saint in front of their plane
Pete & Olive Fleming
Elisabeth & Valerie Elliot
Barbara & Jerry Lee Youderian
The widows hearing the account of the discovery of their husbands' fate.
Rachel Saint (Nate Saint's sister) went back to the Waodani tribe with Elisabeth Elliot. She especially enjoyed the children, who named her "Star."
Kathy Saint's baptism by Waodani tribesmen Kim & Dyuwi (who took part in the spearings and killings). Steve Saint is waiting in the background for his turn.
Steve & Shaun Saint in the village
Ginny Saint (Steve's wife) and baby in the village.
Mincaye and Jesse Saint (Son of Steve Saint)
Mincaye and Marj Saint met in 1997 when Mincaye first visited the United States. He hugged her, and prayed that God would watch over her.
Mincaye & Steve Saint in the jungle
Mincaye at Palm Beach
Mincaye demonstrating shooting poison darts with a full-size Waodani blowgun.
"Dr." Steve Saint helping to deliver a baby in the village
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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.