Peace Child Author:Don Richardson Still living in the Stone Age and, until 1962, still isolated from all but the nearby tribes, the Sawi people of Netherlands New Guinea were headhunting cannibals who pillowed their heads on the skulls of their victims. — Among the Sawi, treachery was more than a way of life; it was "an ideal which unnumbered generations of Sawi had conceived, sy... more »stematized and perfected." For them, "to fatten with friendship" a victim for the slaughter was the highest form of treachery.
The heroes of Sawi legends were not those who took the greater number of heads in battle or ambush, but those who achieved a greater quality of treachery in securing them. What impact could the gospel of Jesus Christ make upon such a people who would venerate Judas as the epitome of manhood and who would regard his kiss of betrayal as the ultimate expression of treachery?
In 1962, under the auspices of the Regions Beyond Missionary Union, Don and Carol Richardson went to the Sawi people with the story of a different kind of Legend Maker whose message was love, not treachery; forgiveness, not revenge. They told of God's Peace Child, and He found acceptance amoungst these people whose own legends also told of a Sawi "peace child."
In the pages of this book, Don Richardson narrates firsthand the gripping account of how THE Peace Child brought true peace at last to the Sawi people of Netherlands New Guinea.« less