End of the Spear

by moomanchu 4 Replies latest jw friends

  • moomanchu

    Anyone seen this movie?

    It's based on a true story about missionaries in South America, good movie.

    My gun barrel would have been smokin in the one part, but hey I'm a disgruntled JW.

  • Arthur
    It's based on a true story about missionaries in South America

    I never knew there were missionaries in Alabama.

  • Mary

    LOL @ Arthur!

    Actually, I thought he was referring to Britney Spears' career.

  • MegaDude


    I don't recommend the film called "End of the Spear," which is a movie about what happened to the mssionaries who went to convert a violent South American tribe, but the documentary of the true story is pretty interesting. You can get it at Netflix and it's called "Beyond the Gates of Splendor."

    More about the story here: http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/missions/EndofSpearStudioTenA.aspx

    End of the Spear: The True Story

    By Craig von Buseck
    CBN.com Ministries Director

    In 1956, five American missionaries to Ecuador were brutally speared to death by a savage Stone Age tribe of Indians. Two years later, the wife and sister of two of the murdered missionaries walked into the jungle to live with the same people who had murdered the men they loved. Recently, CBN.com's Craig von Buseck interviewed Steve Saint and Mincaye, the man who killed his father.

    In 1956, Steve was five years old when his father, Nate, flew a Piper Cruiser plane with four other missionaries into the jungles of Equador and dared to make contact with the most dangerous tribe known to man, the Waodani (whoa-DONNY) also known as “Auca,” or naked savage.

    After several months of exchanging gifts with the natives, the five men were speared multiple times and hacked to death with machetes.

    One of the men in the tribe that fateful day was Mincaye (min-KY-yee). Years later Steve found out that Mincaye actually delivered the final spear that ultimately killed his father. (Three of the six warriors from that day are still alive.)

    Today they consider themselves family and harbor no resentment. Steve says he has never forgotten the pain and heartache of losing his dad.

    “But I can’t imagine not loving Mincaye, a man who has adopted me as his own, and the other Waodani,” says Steve, who made his first trip into Waodani territory when he was 9 years old.

    By 1956 Steve’s Aunt Rachel had been living in the jungle but not with the Waodani for several years. Rachel loved her younger brother (Steve’s dad) like a son, but even after he was killed, she continued to live with the Waodani until her death in 1994. Her affection for them was a major influence in Steve’s life. He visited her every summer.

    When he was 14, Steve and his sister, Kathy, decided to be baptized and chose a couple of Waodani to perform the baptism in the same water next to the beach where their father was killed. After Rachel died, the tribe asked Steve to live with them. (Steve and his family lived in the jungle for a year and a half.) “What the Waodani meant for evil, God used for good,” says Steve. “Given the chance to rewrite the story, I would not be willing to change it.”

    Many are confounded by the relationship Steve has with Mincaye. He says that a USAToday reporter commented that if he were in Steve’s shoes, he could “forgive Mincaye, maybe. But love him, that’s morbid.” Steve says that their relationship doesn’t make sense unless you put God in the equation. Even though his dad’s death was painful, Steve says Mincaye would not have adopted him and he would not have been part of the mysterious, stoneage Waodani world. Also thousands of people, who were stirred by the missionaries’ deaths, would not have dedicated their lives to helping take the gospel to unreached groups like Waodani all over the world.

  • moomanchu
    I never knew there were missionaries in Alabama.

    Ya they grow them there.


    why didn't you like it?

    btw is there a way to change the location of your topic after you submit it since I should have probably posted this in entertainment.

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