Missionary Uses Witty Inventions to Share Gospel

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A missionary inventor is using his ingenuity and innovative methods to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Steve Saint invented the flying dune buggy, an all-terrain vehicle that can drive on freeways or, when needed, take to the sky-ways.

Popular Mechanics called Saint one of 10 most brilliant innovators of 2009. He said his flying car's primary users are people who live beyond roads.

"It's hard for people who live in a developed world to understand," Saint said. "But the air highway works all over the world."

Saint is the son of martyred missionary pilot, Nate Saint. Their story is told in the movie, End of the Spear, which relives the deadly attack by jungle natives when Nate and his friends tried to reach them with the Gospel.

"Although my dad being a pilot, Christ's commission is to go to parts of the world where the Gospel hasn't reached," Saint said. "And airplanes are part of the 'go' in missions. But not just airplanes."

Saint and his I-TEC team are also developing medical tools.

"Trying to figure out ways we can put frontier people or missionaries who haven't had a health care background into the driver's seat so they can meet people's felt needs as well as opening the door of the Gospel," he said.

I-TEC'S dental operatory fits in a backpack and includes a solar-powered electric drill. Saint has trained people on four continents on how to fix teeth.

"The first course takes 10 days, then we follow up a course 6 months to a year later," he said. "Now we have people who had no healthcare background who've become so expert at doing this in frontier areas that they're now training other God-followers to be dental techs."

And it all comes from the experience Saint himself had living in the Ecuadorian jungle. His goal is to provide his jungle friends and others with tools they can use to share the Christian faith.

"To take those tools and reinvent them so that they fit the people in those frontier areas, so they can build the church missions started," Saint said.

*Originally aired on April 23, 2010.

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