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'The Passion of the Christ' may change hearts and history

Me traveling with the Auca/Huaorani

I have no interest in seeing this movie, but I have traveled with a group that made this list of Christian turning points.

...There are well-known turning points in history, such as Paul setting off on his missionary trips that ushered in the rapid spread of Christianity beyond Israel, and Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, awakening the Protestant Reformation.

There are lesser known moments along the way.
A more recent example was the slaughter of five young American missionaries led by Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, who were killed in 1956 in Ecuador by the Auca Indians whom they were trying to tell about Christ. The Indians, now called the Huaorani, are Christians today. And, the deaths of the men made worldwide news and kindled a fire for missions among a generation of young people.

I'm sure the Huaorani would appreciate the fact that they created a "seminal moment" in Christian history.

More 'great moments' here.

Apparently the author missed this article about his 'Christian' friends:

Update: May 29, 2003. Tagaeri Indians killed in Ecuador. It is being reported that Huaorani from the Tiguino community recently killed up to 30 members of the Tagaeri (a Huaorani clan). ONHAE, the Organization of the Huaorani Nation of the Ecuadorian Amazon, is asking people to stay away from the area. Many tour companies operating out of Quito and Coca (Ecuador) bring tourists through this area. The potential visitor should seek up-to-date information before going to this area. Revenge attacks, even revenge killings, are a strong possibility.

You can find more on this weblog published by a missionary in Ecuador.

And some more here.

The Huaorani were very friendly when we visited, however the Huaorani villages we visited are filled with villagers who fled the mission villages. The killings are what happens when you mix oil, timber and "primitive" people. The best book on oil and the Huaorani is Savages.

March 27, 2004 in ecuador | Permalink