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End of the Spear: Missionary martyrdom ultimately saved tribe

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Far from home, five American missionaries died in brutal fashion: speared and hacked to death by tribesman in the dense jungles of Ecuador.

That nightmare moment 50 years ago evolved into a remarkable example of reconciliation, and one of the most influential incidents in 20th century Protestant mission lore.

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.  
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