I'm happy to be able share these remarkable videos with you today. When I was growing up in the 1950's my relatives, Don and Nadine Burns were among the first Wycliffe Bible Translators in South America. Don was the director of the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Ecuador and was a co-worker with Jim Elliot, Nate Saint and the 3 other missionaries who were killed by the Waodanis (also known back then as the Aucas - which means savage). I remember talk around my grandparent's house after that tragic event took place in 1956.
My grandmother told me about a young native Waorani woman named Dayuma who visited their home in Sacramento after appearing on the Ralph Edward's "This Is Your Life" show which had featured the life of Rachel Saint, Nate Saint's sister. Don Burns had also appeared on the show. My grandmother had given me copy of "The Dayuma Story" which to this day is the most incredible missionary story I've read. Dayuma had been living outside of her tribe after the deaths of the missionaries and Don had the privilege of being used by the Lord in the very beginning to find Dayuma and bring her together with Rachel Saint so that Rachel could begin her study of the Waodani language.
Rachel Saint and her co-worker lived among the Auca's and within a short time shared the Gospel with the chief of the tribe and his wife who responded and became Christians.
I had always wished that there were a copy of that TV program and to my surprise and delight, I discovered the program was recently uploaded on You Tube. This show is in it's entirety - including the commercials - (which are pretty amusing).
The program aired on June 5, 1957 a little more than a year after this event. Each part is 15 minutes. I hope you can grab a cuppa somethin' and take the time to watch this amazing story of what God has done through his servants. And especially, please be sure to watch the 2nd one - it is astonishing!
Rachel Saint went to her blessed reward in 1994 in Quito, Ecuador at the age of 80.
"This Is Your Life - Rachel Saint" Part 1
"This Is Your Life - Rachel Saint" Part 2
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."