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the true story of five missionaries murdered by unreached natives in Ecuador

Bearing Fruit Communications and Every Tribe Entertainment have announced the January 20, 2006, release of their long awaited theatrical drama End of the Spear. The film has received a MPAA PG-13 rating for intense sequences of violence. It tells the fascinating true story of a man named Mincayani who was born into the most violent society ever documented by anthropologists, the Waodani in the eastern rainforest of Ecuador. As he grows he learns what every Waodani understands, he must spear and live or be speared and die.

Mincayani’s world changes when he and his family kill five missionaries, Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming and Roger Youderian. This incident propels Mincayanis family group down an extraordinary path that culminates in them not only departing from violence, but also caring for the enemy tribe they had once violently raided.

Nate Saints son Steve was a boy when his father and friends were killed. He returns to the Waodani as an adult and finally learns from Mincayani what happened during the last minutes of his fathers life. Together Mincayani and Steve find that what Nate accomplished in his death gave them both a new life and Steves family becomes part of Mincayanis family.

The story of the tribe and the Christian missionaries has been told in a best-selling book by Elisabeth Elliot (wife of Jim Elliot) titled Through Gates of Splendor.

We first met Mincayani carrying his blowgun in the Netherlands. Now a dear Christian, he was with his grandson and active missionary Steve Saint when they stopped by our Amsterdam 2000 disply booth to discuss our mutual evangelism strategies.

For more information, see our MOVIE REVIEW page, and our REVIEW OF THE DOCUMENTARY on this same subject (produced by the same ministry).

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