Monday, June 04, 2007

Monday Night

Throughout the day today Katy has been getting better and better. The bone pain is now located in her arms only. She started on a computer project this evening and discovered she needed another port on her tower to plug in her new printer. Paul just took her to Wal-Mart to get a hub. I think I can safely say that solving her computer problem is foremost on her mind.

We stayed quiet today. Katy and I watched a documentary called, “Beyond the Gates of Splendor.” It is the true story of five courageous wives who carried on their husbands’ mission to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Waodani tribe in the Amazon. The tribal leaders killed all five of their husbands yet when their grieving was over, these women took their little children and headed into the Amazon to carry on their husbands’ mission. They brought the Gospel of peace to the tribe that murdered their husbands and for many years lived among them. The tribe began to learn truth and by the power of the Word of God the spearing and killing stopped. I told Katy that I love to glean wisdom from stories like that. I told her that the only difference between being a courageous woman or a fearful woman is remembering at all times that we belong to Jehovah, the all powerful one true God.

The story, End of the Spear, has been made into a movie and can be rented at your local movie store.

  1. Karen Tillman Says:


    That is a very very good movie, although graphic. We showed it at our church and people brought children at what I would consider an inapprpriate age. Definately a PG 13 rating. I wondered after watching that film if I would have been so brave, and actually felt ashamed. I think the film really makes one take a long hard look at their life. I am glad that katy is out and about and that her pain is now only in her arms. May God contine to heal, and keep you strong.
    Karen Tillman

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    I have never seen the movie, but I remember very well when the killing of the 5 missionaries happened. And Karen, about being that brave, I have often heard people describe great feats and bravery by people who were serving the Lord, then ask their audience, “Would you have enough grace to go through that?” The point I have started making whenever anyone asks that question, is “If God asks you to go through something like that, I’m sure he’ll give you the grace to go through it. There is no reason for you to have that ‘grace’ as long as you don’t need it.” How many of us can imagine having the “grace” to endure what Katy has been going through, and her family as well? I daresay they never had that grace until they needed it.
    God bless you, Katy, Dawn, and all your family.
    Aunt Doris

  3. Mike Theesfield Says:

    I’m not familiar with the movie. But I’m an aviation buff, and a book I have about bush pilots told about that story because of their Piper Cub that was slashed up. I remember reading that the wives were approached by women from the tribe, and were assured that unlike their husbands, they would not be killed (out of fear) because they were women, and the rest, as they say, is history.


  4. Carrie Thompson Says:

    Hi Katy!

    I’m glad you’re doing better! :-)

    I just finished reading End of The Spear Book for the 3rd time!! It follows the kids & grandkids of one of the murdered men. And how the Waodani men who murdered the missionary men was like a grandfather to him & his grandkids–a moving story!


  5. LInda Burk Says:

    HI..we received your announcement card are very brave people..Will Katy be able to help with this new little one? do you have an extra bedroom ? so many questions are running through my mind…when does your new daughter arrive? has she been in foster care her whole life?
    May God continue to bless your family. May He send you all the gifts you need to move forward with this committment. As always, we admire you and wish you the best of everything. Please keep us posted on your family’s journey. love, Jack and Linda