End of the Spear Pictures Part 2

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.

Ompodae paints Steve Saint

Ompodae paints Steve Saint's arm with dye for a traditional tribal event.   


Piper nameplate

The nameplate from Nate Saint's plane was found at Palm Beach in 1994, 40 years after it had been buried.


Rachel Saint's grave marker

Rachel Saint's grave marker. She was greatly honored by the tribe. The marker reads: "Teaching us to walk God's trail, Star came."


Stephenie, Steve, and Ginny Saint

Stephenie, Steve & Ginny Saint after a long hike.


Shaun, Stephenie and Jesse Saint

Shaun, Stephenie and Jesse Saint (Steve Saint's children) are baptized by tribespeople, as Steve and his sister were, years before. Seven other Waodani teens were also baptized.


Stephenie & Jaime Saint

Stephenie & Jaime Saint with friends


Steve Saint and friends

Steve Saint, Mincaye, and other Waodani tribesmen


Steve & Ginny Saint

Steve & Ginny Saint


Mincaye and Steve Saint

Mincaye and Steve Saint on their speaking tour. 


Steve Saint and Mincaye

Steve Saint and Mincaye


book covers

Beyond the Gates of Splendor and End of the Spear book covers.


Scenes from End of the Spear: 

Steve Saint



Steve Saint




in plane



Mincaye holding a picture of Steve Saint.



Mincaye looking at picture of Steve Saint.   


Steve Saint

Picture of Steve Saint.





Waodani child

Waodani child


Waodani tribesman

Waodani tribesman  


Chad Allen and Ginny & Steve Saint

Chad Allen (star of movie), Ginny & Steve Saint.


Randy Alcorn and friends

Randy at Christian Booksellers Association Convention, June, 2005

Black shirts, from left: Jamie Saint (grandson of Nate Saint), Mincaye (killer of Nate Saint and
Ed McCully, later converted to Christ, now a leader of Auca church), Randy Alcorn, Steve Saint (son of Nate Saint).

Others from left: Jay McCully, brother of Ed, and three sons of Ed McCully. Steve McCully is on far right.

Photos Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Randy Alcorn, founder of EPM

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over fifty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries

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