Don Richardson, a Canadian missionary, is best known for his work among the Sawi people in the jungles of New Guinea during the mid-20th century. He faced a significant challenge when he discovered that the Sawi culture celebrated treachery as a virtue, complicating the communication of the gospel's message. Richardson ingeniously used the local tradition of "peace child" to draw parallels to Christ's sacrificial love. His innovative approach led to a transformation in the Sawi culture, with many converting to Christianity. Richardson's story, detailed in his book "Peace Child," has profoundly influenced cross-cultural missions and evangelism.
…Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. – Don Richardson
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6
May you find inspiration in Don Richardson's inventive approach to problem-solving. Remember that understanding and respecting others' perspectives can open doors to communication and change. Let grace and wisdom guide your interactions, turning challenges into opportunities for growth and connection.
Today, how can you help someone grow by listening to them and offering a new perspective?