Over the next few weeks, I'd like to share with you a few of my favorite, inspirational, family-friendly movies and what I like so much about them. Please feel free to share your own as well!
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End of the Spear (2006)
Follow the journeys of five men and their families who give their lives for Jesus in the Amazon Basin. As they try to befriend the hostile native tribes of Ecuador, they risk their comfort and safety- but more than anything, they want salvation for the Auca tribe.
Pros: This is an inspirational, Christ-centered story featuring the lives of missionary heroes such as Nate Saint and Jim Elliot. It is a great movie to watch for anyone who is interested in missions to see examples of amazing faith.
Cons: There are some violent spearing scenes and some...ahem...bare bottoms (to stay true to the Auca's traditional clothing...or lack thereof...) Although this may not be a movie for young children, kids 12 and up should be able to handle it.
Beyond the Gates of Splendor (2002)
A documentary based on the lives of the same five men featured in End of the Spear. The film includes interviews with the missionary's wives and children as well as live footage from the Auca tribe. Extremely inspirational.
Pros: This movie made me want to get off the couch, get on a plane, and go to the Amazon! The incredible things five missionary families experienced while in the Amazon are moving.
Cons: Since there is some real footage of the Auca tribe, modesty is an issue. I don't believe there is any spearing in the documentary, though.