Missionary Nate Saint (yes, that was his real name) was among those murdered in a remote rainforest in Ecuador by Auca Indians, on January 8, 1956, wielding wooden lances and machetes.
Nate (pictured) was also a pilot and a graduate of Wheaton College. The details of his martydom are here and here.
Some are familiar with his story via the movie or the book by Elisabeth Elliot, whose first husband, Jim Elliot, was also speared to death in the South American jungle. Also killed were Peter Fleming, Ed McCully, and Roger Youderian.
Nate was only 32 when he died, but this American Christian was wise for his age. In his words: "People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives ... and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted."
His sacrifice and memory lives on via the Nate Saint House in Shell Mera, Ecuador which recently opened after undergoing a renovation. Attending the dedication ceremony was Gilberto Nequimo.
Pastor Nequimo's grandfather was one of the men who killed the missionaries.