THE STORY OF THE PEACE
Carol Richardson worked as missionaries among the Sawi people
of Indonesia. When they went to these isolated, head-hunting
cannibals in the early 1960s, they struggled to learn enough
of their language to share the gospel. Finally Don climbed
the ladder into the Sawi man-house and, surrounded by the
skulls of cannibalized victims, began trying to teach in the
terms and categories familiar to him. Richardson told about
Abraham and God's selection of the Jews He explained about
the Messiah and the Lamb of God. The Sawi were bored and unresponsive.
fascinated by the foreigners, the Sawi continued to fight
each other. Tribal factions battled in sight of the Richardsons'
jungle home. Fear and frustration led the missionaries to
make a decision to leave. When tribal leaders learned of their
plan, they said, "If you will stay, we promise to make peace
in the morning."
Carol Richardson witnessed an incredible ceremony the very
next day. Two hostile groups were positioned opposite their
house, on either side of a clearing. A tangible suspense wafted
in the air between them. Finally, one man picked up his newborn
child and dashed across the meadow. His wife ran after him,
screaming and begging for her baby to be given back to her.
Unable to catch him, she fell to her knees on the ground and
sobbed for her infant.
father presented his baby to the enemy clan. "Plead the peace
child for me," he said. "I give you my son, and I give you
my name." Soon thereafter, someone from the recipient tribe
performed the same agonizing ritual in reverse. For as long
as those peace children remained alive, the missionary was
later told, the two warring factions were bound to each other
had his analogy of redemption! He soon climbed into the Sawi
man-house again to tell the story of the ultimate Peace Child
given to humankind by the one true God. Chiefs who had been
unresponsive to the gospel sat spellbound. Over time, he continued
to develop a theology based on Jesus, the Peace Child.
Christmas for Richardson and the Sawi came as first a few
and finally hundreds of the once-warring, once-cannibalistic
souls received Christ. A large group of new believers gathered
for worship, and a Sawi man stood and read these words in
his own language: "For to us a child is born, to us a son
is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
will be called
Prince of Peace"
This was told as
a True Story!
May we see the Peace
Child, our Lord Jesus Christ, Bethlehem's Babe Who came to
be our Savior and bring Peace into the world .. Joy in the
Creator of Peace and Love! May we not fight among ourselves
as the Sawi, but join in celebrating the birth that breached
the gap between man and God. May we rejoice together in honor
of the season as we remember what He came to this world to
The GIFT OF PEACE
Peace to You All!
IN HIS LOVE
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