◊Five missionaries gave their lives in the jungles of Ecuador and made headlines around the world.◊
Five men entered the jungle in search of a savage tribe…and never returned.
In January 1956, a tragic story flooded headlines around the world. Five men, spurred by a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ, ventured deep into the jungles of Ecuador. Their goal: to make contact with an isolated tribe whose previous response to the outside world has been to attack all strangers.
At an agreed-upon time, their five young wives sat by their radios, waiting for a message that never came…
Through Gates of Splendor, the story of Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Jim Elliot, was first recorded in 1956 by Jim’s widow, Elisabeth. Decades later, its story of unconditional love and complete obedience to God still inspires new readers. This edition contains subsequent developments in the lives of the families and the Waodani tribe.
I have just finished reading this book and I cried quite a few times. Elisabeth Elliot writes so much from the journal entries of the 5 guys, mainly from Nate Saint, and it just draws you into these men’s passion for God and it is so inspiring and incredible. It almost seems like this type of faith is so rare its impossible to spot. But I know that the LORD can make this faith thriving in anyone who seeks Him. One thing that got me bawling was how these women didn’t see their husband’s deaths as a tragedy at all. Their children didn’t see it that way either. They just knew they’d see their daddy in heaven someday. These women had such complete hope, faith, and love in God that they had a clear understanding of life and death and their husband’s death. It opened the door for the Waodani (…formally known name. Their “savage” name is “Acua”) tribe to meet Jesus.
Simply incredible…It is a MUST read!