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Reflections on The Peace Child By Don Richards The book that I read for the second missions book report was Don Richardsons book Peace Child This book gives an account of the missionary work among the Sawi tribe of then Netherlands New Guinea carried out by Don Richardson son and his wife This is a story of the change that came about when the truths of scripture are presented I have wanted read this book for some time yet I have never gotten far in to reading this book Growing up I enjoyed listening to stories of mission life and serving with Regions Beyond Missionary Union The book begins by explaining a brief history of the people of the Sawi tribe before the Richardsons came to live among the Sawi tribe The lifestyle of the Sawi people had had for the most part gone unchanged from the primitive lifestyle that those who came before them had lived for a few thousand years The Sawi were a people who were cannibals and headhunters Among the Sawi tribe the highest of all the virtues of war was that of treachery involved in the act of taking the head of an enemy So developed was this art of war that the Sawi would carefully and methodically plot out the treachery before putting it in to action The book opens telling a story of one of the methods of treachery called fattening with friendship This was a practice were someone would seek to befriend someone from an enemy village once they had gained that enemies trust and had been given many gifts of food it was then that the enemy was told the purpose of the friendship before the friend was killed that they had been fatten with friendship For the purpose of giving the reader an understanding of the situation that the Richardsons were going into Mr Richardson shortly explains the nature of the biggest rivalries
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