The following story is taken from the book, The Peace Child. You should read the book. I love this quote because it shows the power of the gospel and how God is on the move.

If you would just give your life to take the gospel you could be part of something this big. Read and enjoy!

Kani and Mahaen were not yet aware that some two thousand years earlier a supremely different kind of Legendmaker had launched a new world view based on love. It was a world view diametrically opposed to the Sawi mind, as it was also to the minds of millions who considered themselves much wiser than people like the Sawi.

It had taken nearly two thousand years for the message of that new value system to range from Galilee to the miasmal swamps of southwest New Guinea. On its way, that message had already challenged, engaged and conquered barbarity in many forms in the minds of millions of people, for it was an extremely mettlesome message. It was not cowed by earthly obstacles, for its strength was supernatural. It could not be intimidated, for it was itself the ultimate antidote to fear.

The message would not back away from any form of darkness, for it was light itself! It was not embarrassed if its bearers were sometimes plain, homely or even untaught—in fact it was fond of executing its most subtle strategies through such! To the consternation of its enemies, it could triumph even when its adherents were being decimated by sword or spear.

That message was the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Its purpose was nonnegotiable—to persuade men from “every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation” to repent and be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. That message was now about to invade the Sawi world, about to confront their idealization of treachery eye to eye in a relentless spiritual struggle for the souls of men, women and children. It would match prayer and preaching against spear and barbed arrow; faith and hope against systematized barbarity; love and compassion against entrenched fear and evil.

That invasion was about to be launched, that match to take place, that reconciliation to begin. For even now the first of the Legendmaker’s message-bearers were about to come and dwell among the Sawi.

Don Richardson, Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2005).