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Peace Child av Don Richardson
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Peace Child (urspr publ 1974; utgåvan 1975)

av Don Richardson (Författare)

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In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Here is their unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals. The Sawi valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology. The 'peace child' became the secret to unlocking a value system that existed through generations over centuries, possibly millenniums, of time. This analogy became a stepping-stone by which the gospel came into the Sawi culture and started both a spiritual and social revolution from within. With an epilogue updating how the gospel impacted the Sawi, this missionary classic will inspire a new generation of listeners to hear this unforgettable story and the lessons it teaches about communicating with Christ in a meaningful way to all those on Earth, near and far.… (mer)
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Titel:Peace Child
Författare:Don Richardson (Författare)
Info:Baker Pub Group (1975), Edition: 3rd, 288 pages
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  semoffat | Aug 31, 2021 |
The beginning starts with a betrayal of Sawi tribal people called "to fatten with friendship for the slaughter." The tribes are cannibals and that's just what becomes of the man that was betrayed.
A dangerous environment for anyone, especially western missionaries.
The first part of the book is slow and was hard for me to get through, but well worth it in the end. The foundation of how the Sawi people live and think is necessary to acknowledge how far they come in their growth and knowledge.
Don Richardson brings his wife and young son to live among these people and teach them about Jesus. But first he must learn their language and their traditions as well as their trust. ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
I read this for book club. I would be very interested in a more objective rendition of the same events. I thought the writing was too biased to provide a clear picture. I would not read it again, nor would I pick up another book by this author. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
I received this recommendation via this blog post of top 10 missionary biographies which is definitely worth reading!

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/10174784-my-top-ten-missionary-biogr...

This was one of the best missionary biographies that I have read. It was also the most gruesome. The author paints a vivid picture of missionary work among the cannibalistic, headhunting Sawi tribe in Netherlands New Guinea (now West Papua, Indonesia.)

An urgent request for workers was made;

"You may be called upon to make the first advance into the midst of entire tribes that have never known any type of government control, where people are a law unto themselves and where savagery is a way of life....you will encounter customs and beliefs that will baffle you but which must be understood if you are to succeed. You will try to treat loathsome tropical diseases and run the risk of being blamed for the death of the patient if you fail. You must prepare to endure loneliness, weariness and frustration with fortitude. Most of all, you must be prepared, in the strength of the Lord, to do battle with the prince of darkness, who, having held these many tribes captive these many thousands of years, is not about to give them up without a fight!"

The author answered the call taking his family to live and work in primitive conditions with this basic premise in mind

"The world just isn't big enough anymore for anyone to be left alone. It is a foregone conclusion that even if missionaries do not go in to give, lumbermen, crocodile hunters, prospectors or farmers will go in to take ....as the one who got there first to live among the Sawi, it was my aim to combine faithfulness to God and the Scriptures with respect for the Sawi and their culture. The crucial question was; would the Sawi culture and the Scriptures prove so opposite in their basic premises as to render this two way loyalty impossible? I intended to find out.

He faced various unexpected challenges

"I knew if I upbraided Mavu for nearly killing two men, he would just shrug his shoulders as if to say, "So what?" So instead I said cryptically "You have made my wife's hands bloody." The remark took him by surprise. He glanced quickly at Carol's hands and a sudden realization of the inappropriateness of the scene he had helped to create seemed to startle him. Mavu winced, fearing he had unwittingly committed some dark impropriety of cosmic consequence.

"Do dead men say konahari?" I asked quietly. After an embarrassed silence, someone said "No, dead men never say konahari." "And if Warahai's soul had been cut up and eaten by a demon, would he be looking around at us as you now observe?" "We listened to a lie." said Mahaen solemnly. "We nearly buried a living man" said Boro, staring at the wall."

"At first I sat there confused. Then the realization broke through. They were acclaiming Judas as the hero of the story! Yes, Judas, the one whom I had portrayed as the satanically motivated enemy of truth and goodness....i saw now that the Sari were not only cruel, but honored cruelty. Their highest pleasure depended upon the misery and despair of others.......treachery was idealized as a virtue, a goal of life....Judas was a super-Sawi! And Christ the object of Judas' treachery meant nothing to the men in the manhouse."

This is a unique book. The author relays events from the perspective of the Sawi (and also some of their animals at times!) The missionaries desperately needed to find an analogy from the Sawi culture that they could use to share the Gospel. But, how to overcome these seemingly impossible cultural dilemmas handed down from generation to generation....could the "Peace Child" be the answer?

I would recommend this book to adult readers. There is no bad language or sexual content but the violence/cannibalism is shocking and may disturb some readers.








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  sparkleandchico | Aug 31, 2016 |
I was amazed how God speaks to all people in the way they would understand and be able, in turn, to respond to God. This story showed me how God is truly redemptive and significant to each culture. ( )
  Desdelyn | Jan 13, 2016 |
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In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Here is their unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals. The Sawi valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology. The 'peace child' became the secret to unlocking a value system that existed through generations over centuries, possibly millenniums, of time. This analogy became a stepping-stone by which the gospel came into the Sawi culture and started both a spiritual and social revolution from within. With an epilogue updating how the gospel impacted the Sawi, this missionary classic will inspire a new generation of listeners to hear this unforgettable story and the lessons it teaches about communicating with Christ in a meaningful way to all those on Earth, near and far.

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