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4/20/17 at 07:01 PM 0 Comments

Hostile tribe’s chief died, was raised long enough to testify about Jesus

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Men in traditional dress, Malaita

By Mark Ellis

The interior of Malaita in the Solomon Island chain had a long history of opposition to missionaries and other outsiders – sometimes violent resistance by the Kwaio tribal group.

In 1927, 13 government officials from the UK were massacred by the Kwaio as they attempted to survey the area for taxation purposes. The British government responded by sending a warship to shell that part of the island, which resulted in the deaths of 200 Kwaio.

Later, several Roman Catholic priests were killed by the group. In 1965 a Protestant missionary from New Zealand was martyred as he attempted to evangelize the Kwaio. Ten years later, a medical missionary and his son were also killed.

But God had a plan to reach the Kwaio using missionaries from Fiji in 1990, as told in the compelling book, Look What God is Doing, by Dick Eastman, president of Every Home for Christ (EHC).

It seems several Fijian evangelists affiliated with EHC who had been part of a campaign to reach Fiji’s 106 islands turned their attention to the 100 islands of the Solomon chain, 1000 miles away.

They reached the island of Malaita and spent time evangelizing the coastal areas. One night as their team sat around a campfire, a team member pointed to the rugged interior of the island and asked, “Are there people there who have yet to hear about Jesus?”

“Yes,” one replied. “It’s one of the most difficult areas in all of the islands to evangelize because of the rugged terrain and the hostile people.”

An argument ensued within the team as they heard more about the history of the people group. Some were intimidated and urged caution. Cannibalism had been practiced until the end of the last century; who could be sure it had not ceased?

The team finally agreed they would pray and fast for seven days before attempting to send a team to reach the Kwaios.

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