There have been many times in my homeschooling research that I have come across the names Jim Elliot and Nate Saint but I was unfamiliar with both of their stories until recently. I could tell you that they were missionaries but nothing more than that. However, the kids and I have recently worked though Walking with the Waodani, the latest study from Home School Adventure Co. and we have all had such a wonderful time learning about their story. For the purpose of this review, we were given a "preview" of the first two lessons of the unit study in downloadable PDF format.
For those unfamiliar with their story, pilot Nate Saint along with Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Pete Flemming and Roger Youderian all lost their lives while trying to reach the Waodani people living in Ecuador. The Waodani people were known to be a savage group of indigenous people and stories of their brutality were known throughout the other people of Ecuador. The five missionaries had hoped to make contact with the Waodani because of these stories, in the hope to help eliminate the violent attacks to both other people living in the area as well as those outsiders who entered the Waodani territory. While the five men did make what appeared to be initially friendly contact with members of the tribe, they were shortly attacked and killed a few days later. However, through some really amazing chains of events, their deaths became a powerful statement of forgiveness and today the Waodani people have laid down their weapons and have instead embraced the teachings of Christ.
The Walking with the Waodani study from Home School Adventures is not so much about the Nate Saint story but more a study of Ecuador and the lives of the Waodani, past and present. It came to being after the author's son had become friends with a young man who had just recently returned from Ecuador and had spent time with one of the surviving Waodani members of the raid that had taken the lives of the five missionaries. As the young man shared his story of visiting Ecuador and the Waodani people, the author felt compelled to write this study for other homeschool families. Through vivid photographs and the exploration of the people, flora and fauna of the Ecuador jungles, students learn about the fated mission and how those events changed the lives of the Waodani from that day to where they are today.
|Sample page from Walking with the Waodani|
|Ashleigh's drawing of a Vampire Bat from the Jungles of Ecuador|
While still a work on progress, my family and I look forward to seeing the completed unit study when it becomes available soon.
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