Walking with the Waodani Study

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A Story Your Children Will Never Forget!

Walking with the Waodani is a unit study that will introduce your family to some of the most amazing people and places, meals and markets, animals and agriculture, and worlds and worldviews of the country of Ecuador — as experienced through the eyes of a homeschool graduate.

Walking with the Waodani is a unit study that will introduce your family to some of the most amazing people and places, meals and markets, animals and agriculture, and worlds and worldviews of the country of Ecuador — as experienced through the eyes of a homeschool graduate.

  • Hear the story of the five martyred missionaries of Operation Auca.
  • Learn how Jesus transformed a savage killer into a humble evangelist — and fostered a deep and abiding love between a young man and the warrior who murdered his father.
  • Review exotic recipes for ferocious fish and giant grubs.
  • Discover how one of the first flying cars can be used to meet needs of those isolated in the jungle.

The Backstory

When my teen-aged sons told me they wanted to play airsoft at an event hosted by a young man named Russell, I immediately started asking questions:

  • Who was he?
  • Where did they meet him?
  • Who else would be there?

My husband and I have homeschooled Roger and Ryan from the start. They’ve been blessed with amazing friends. Over time, I’ve come to appreciate their ability to make wise decisions about relationships.

That said, I’d never met this young man, and I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about dropping them off at his house and driving away. However, my apprehension soon turned to delight….

Meet Russell Winter

Russell Winter greeted us with a big smile — and safety instructions. It was quickly evident that Roger and Ryan would be in good hands. Later, when I picked them up, I chatted a bit with Russell’s father, who told me Russell was a homeschool graduate had just returned from a most amazing adventure.

He and his 70-year-old friend Gary spent seven weeks exploring Ecuador. On their trip, the had the opportunity to meet Mincaye, the last surviving Waodani from the raiding party that killed Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, and the three other men from Operation Auca.

Hearing about his experience launched me into almost three years of research to write the story of his 7-week adventure in a land that is home to one of the greatest missionary stories every told!

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…a great way to see the grandest adventure of all… History, geography, creative writing, and worldview studies… anacondas, grubs, and piranha… This is a study your boys, especially, will love!” —Hal & Melanie Young, authors of Raising Real Men



…outstanding illustrations and study questions… here’s a book that is likely to stir interest in gospel mission work…. —Dennis Gundersen, President, Grace and Truth Books




Ian Bultman, Brinkman Adventures“I just finished reading Walking with the Waodani and I can’t wait to get it into the hands of my own kids.  They are going to love digging into this unit study and learning more about the people, places, creatures, and customs behind one of the most celebrated missionary stories of our day … a fabulous unit study that will help ignite a passion for missions in the hearts of our children.” —Ian Bultman, Brinkman Adventures 

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Here’s a sneak peek into part of Russell’s trip:



Thank you so very much for writing this curriculum and for sharing it with us….  My kids loved the first two sections and have been pestering me for the rest. It has fundamentally changed the way my children think and deepened their understanding of the concept of forgiveness.

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We couldn’t put it down for the first two lessons, so my boys and I are excited for the next ones!

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I wanted to share with you my teen daughter’s reaction when we started reading it together yesterday: “This is fantastic! This is the best thing ever!” And she is always the biggest critic in our family.

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5 reviews for Walking with the Waodani Study

  1. Annette

  2. Jacqui

    We really enjoyed this study. It is a wonderful Charlotte Mason type unit study that will hold the interest of your children. Read more about my review of this here: http://www.homesteadbountyblessings.com/2017/03/walking-with-waodani-unit-study-review.html

  3. Stacey (verified owner)

    The week before we received the downloaded pdf file of Walking with the Waodani, our oldest boy had just finished reading ‘Through the Gates of Splendour.’ This book tells the story of ‘Operation Auca,’ and how five American missionaries attempt to reach the Auca people to tell them about Jesus, but sadly, all of these brave men were killed by the tribe. With this knowledge fresh in his mind, we started working through this unit study.

    We found this unit study to be well-written and informative on the subjects it touches and have enjoyed using it.

    Read more of my review here: http://www.amomentinourworld.com/2017/03/review-walking-waodani-unit-study.html

  4. Kridina

    My teenage boys and I really enjoyed this study! I highly recommend this with your family as an excellent topic after dinner or family home evening. It’s an excellent opportunity to build faith and promote in-depth conversation.

    You can see my full review here: http://www.kridina.com/exploring-your-passions-and-a-review/

  5. Rebecca

    My boys and I loved this study. We learned so much about the Waodani’s that we did not know about. We had fun going through the study and reading the books and watching the movies about the Waodani’s.
    See my full review here: https://lighthousechristiannc.blogspot.com/2017/03/home-school-adventure-co-review_13.html

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