In July 2010, I went with a mission team from our church to Shell, Ecuador. It’s too incredible of a memory for me to forget so allow me to share some of that story and some pictures. I hope you find it interesting…
Shell, Ecuador is where the incredible missionary story played out as told in the movie “End of the Spear” and the book “Through Gates of Splendor” by Elisabeth Eliot. Jim Eliot, Nate Saint and 3 other missionaries took their wives to Ecuador to share the Gospel with a militant tribe, called the “Waodoni,” who lived deep in the Amazon jungle. Unfortunately, on January 8, 1956, those five men were speared to death by the very tribe they were trying to reach with the Gospel.
The story continued as Elisabeth Eliot (Jim’s wife) and Rachel Saint (Nate’s sister) went back to that tribe. Showing God’s love to the very ones who took the lives of their loved ones, these women evangelized that tribe. Because of what they did, the Waodoni are now primarily Christians.
On my mission trip to Ecuador, we found out that a MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) plane was planning a flight into “Terminal City” to deliver needed supplies. (“Terminal City” is where Jim Elliot and Nate Saint dropped the bucket of trinkets from their plane in an attempt to befriend the warriors before they dared to land their plane in the jungle.) If we quickly purchased the ticket, we could get a chance to visit the tribe at the center of this incredible missionary story. I jumped at the opportunity with some others on our team.
Here are some of the pictures I took on this unforgettable trip: