Steve told us, “The Waodani asked me to come out here [to them], and asked me to teach them to do things only foreigners know how to do. [Like:] how to handle medicine, and have access to a little pharmacy. And the tooth thing—doing a little dentistry. And, they wanted to build their own airplane because the jungle is extremely rugged.”
The Waodani now have an airplane, and it shows how far they've come since the days they were known as ‘the killer Aucas.’
The changes have come as tribe members have gradually embraced the Christian faith. The first thing they did was to stop their revenge-killings of one another, which were pushing them to the brink of extinction.
Today, Steve Saint returned to the jungle with a small group of visitors who included three of his own grandchildren. And he brought the granddaughter of fellow missionary martyr, Roger Yudarian, Helena Weatherall.
Helena spoke about the difficulties of missions work. “In college right now there are a lot of students who do trekking and going to Nepal for the summer for fun, And this is fun for a day or two or maybe for a week. But to imagine to dedicate your life and saying, ‘I’m going to stay here to live with the people and possibly to lose my life.’ That’s a little bit of a bigger commitment, to say the the least.”