“Dawa . . . also told me that after the killing she saw cowodi [strangers] above the trees, singing. She didn’t know what this kind of music was until she later heard records of Aunt Rachel’s and became familiar with the sound of a choir.
Mincaye and Kimo confirmed that they heard the singing and saw what Dawa seems to describe as angels along the ridge above Palm Beach. Dyuwi verified the strange music, though he describes what he saw more like lights, moving around and shining, a sky full of jungle beetles similar to fireflies with a light that is brighter and doesn’t blink.
Apparently all the participants saw this bright multitude in the sky and felt they should be scared, because they knew it was something supernatural. Their only familiarity with the spiritual world was one of fear. Dawa has said that this supernatural experience was what drew her to God when she later heard of him from Dayuma.”
Steve Saint, “Did they have to die?”, Christianity Today, 16 September 1996, regarding the moments after his dad and four other missionaries were murdered in the jungles of Ecuador in 1956.
This amazing experience cannot be a case of wish-fulfillment. The best explanation is that these beings seen by the Indians were real — angels sent by God to bear witness to the murderers that these Christian missionaries had divine favor upon them, and presumably to celebrate these five men as they flew home to God.
This post was originally published on The Gospel Coalition