Nate Saint – Flying soon captured Nate’s heart. His air service ministry to isolated missionaries put him on a path of destiny that would ultimately end with a final airplane flight with 4 missionary friends to the “Palm Beach” landing strip in the jungles of Ecuador.
The men’s lives given that day not only opened a door to the gospel for the unreached “Acucas”; it has been said that possibly no single event of the twentieth century awakened more hearts to God’s call to serve in missions.
Finished this book and am inspired by the Saint family, particularly as I recently read the Christian Heroes book on Rachel Saint. Nate Saint was the pilot on “Operation Auca” and served in Ecuador along with Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Roger Youderian, and Ed McCully.
As I read this book, one thing that struck me was how Nate’s curiosity ended up being a gift that he used to serve others. HIs mother, Katherine, encouraged her children to invent and play with things from a young age, and this ended up being a blessing. As a pilot for the Missionary Aviation Fellowship, Nate saw many challenges that pilots faced and created solutions to solve these challenges. many of which saved lives. One invention of his ended up being the means to which missionaries would drop off gifts for the Auca Indians in order to build a relationship with them. Even after the deaths of these missionaries, people continued to use this method to reach out to the Aucas.
I highly recommend both Nate Saint and Rachel Saint’s biographies and wish I read them sooner–I’ve heard and read a lot about the Elliots but was inspired learning about the Saints as well.