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Every month, this Bulletin Board will highlight a new document or set of documents that are available in the Archives. These are intended solely for the edification of our viewers and cannot be copied or otherwise reused without permission. Come on over and have a look!

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Archival Film Festival 2015


In 2015, the Archival Bulletin Board was turned onto a silver screen. Every month in 2015 displayed a rare film from our vault, all featuring some aspect of the history of Christian evangelism. As an extra bonus, at the start of 2016 we have one more film in the festival, described below.

Thanks to Bruce Knowlton of Wheaton College's Academic and Media Technology for his invaluable help in putting together this film festival.

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January 2016: Conquering Jungle Barriers



Nate Saint was not only an innovative missionary aviator, making technical improvements to the small aircraft he flew over some of the most difficult terrain in South America for the Mission Aviation Fellowship. He was also a filmmaker. By 1951 and 1952 he had put together material he and his wife Marj had shot in the air and on the ground that showed how MAF was able to act as a vital lifeline for missionaries in remote areas and which also gave an idea of the wild beauty of the jungle. He narrated the film himself and the mission used it in the United States and elsewhere to promote its work. Now, more than half a century after it was first produced, you can view it again by clicking on any of the film frames above and below this paragraph.

This program is film F4a in Collection 136 , the Records of Mission Aviation Fellowship.

Click here to see all the films in the Film Festival.

To Carry the Light Farther:
A Story of Faith, Sacrifice and
Cultural Conflict in the Jungles of Ecuador

On January 8, 1956. Nate, along with Jim Elliot, Peter Fleming, Ed McCully, and Roger Youderian, were killed when they were trying to established contact with the Waorani people, whom their enemies called the Aucas.

On Jan. 8, 2016, the sixtieth anniversary of the men’s deaths “To Carry the Light Farther”- A Story of Faith, Sacrifice and Cultural Conflict in the Jungles of Ecuador, a free, permanent online exhibit about their sacrifice, will open. It was created jointly by the Billy Graham Center Archives and the Wheaton College Archives and Special Collections. Drawn from the holdings of these two repositories of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, the exhibit will feature 96 items, including letters, photos, films, radio broadcasts and other audio recordings, magazine and newspaper clippings and documents of all sorts. Dozens of items, like McCully’s journal, have not been available to the public before. Included in the exhibit will be letters and other documents by or about all five of the missionaries, as well as material from other participants in the story, including Dayuma, Elisabeth Elliot, Rachel Saint, Catherine Peeke, V. Raymond Edman, among The exhibit keynote is a sentence from a letter written by Edman, then president of Wheaton College, after the tragedy, “Do be trusting with us that many will be hearing the call to carry the Light farther into the darkness because of what Nate and the other lads have done for the Lord Jesus.” The permanent exhibit opens on Jan. 8, 2016 at

Currently the site contains information about the upcoming exhibit.


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