Dark Glass Ponderings

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. -1 Corinthians 13:12

Recently I was thrilled to have the opportunity to view two movies about the missionaries to the Waodanis featured in Through Gates of Splendor.

End of the Spear was provided by Renee Ann in a giveaway and is based on a book of the same name by Steve Saint.

Steve Saint is the son of Nate Saint, the missionary pilot of the group in Through Gates of Splendor.

This tale is powerfully told through the perspective of Steve as he deals with his father's death.  This movie doesn't make light of the sacrifices of the five missionaries.

I was particularly captivated by the young boy who doesn't understand the situation.  The narrator says in the beginning, "When I was a boy I cried, but now I see it well."

The other focal character in the movie is Mincaye, a young Waodani man who has only known violence and anger.

Although there were several men involved in the death of the missionaries Mincaye struck the spear in Nate Saint's side. 

The Grandfathers introduces a new side to Nate's killer.  Jesse Saint is Steve Saint's son.

When Steve visited the Waodani's after his Aunt Rachel's death, they asked him to stay on in Ecuador. Rachel Saint spent years studying the language of the Waodani's and ministering to them both before and after the death of the missionaries.  She was beloved by the tribe and many in the tribe came to know Christ as a result of her ministry (along with Elisabeth Elliot, author of Through Gates of Splendor). 

While Jesse lost his grandfather before his birth, Mincaye has become a grandfather figure in his life. 

In fact, Mincaye and Steve Saint travel together often preachingi the Gospel.  What a legacy!

Both of these movies touched me deeply.  Not easy viewing they demonstrate the true power of forgiveness and bring joy to the reader as you watch the reverberations of the events over 50 years later.  Only God can bring such beauty and grace from tragedy.

Click on the following video to watch Mincaye and Steve share the power of the Gospel. 

Have you ever watched a movie that had a strong spiritual or emotional impact on you?

Be sure to stay tuned tomorrow for discussion on Through Gates of Splendor and a giveaway of The Grandfathers DVD along with Shadow of the Almighty (Jim Elliot's testimony) by Elisabeth Elliot.

**Thank you to The B and B Media Group for providing a copy of The Grandfathers for review.**


Julia M. Reffner

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Christ-loving bookworm & homeschool mom of 2 stealing the rare quiet moments to pursue that all elusive writing dream. I also write book reviews for Title Trakk and The Historical Novel Society.


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