At one time in New Guinea people ate people. Yeah, I know. Gross!
But Jesus tells His followers to go into all the world. All of it. That includes places where cannibals live.
Kalapi and Alia met Jesus and gave their hearts to Him. When they heard that famous command from the Bible, Kalapi told his friend, «We’ve got to go up into the mountains.»
«But if the cannibals don’t put us in cooking pots, the government will throw us in jail,» Alia responded. «It’s against the law to preach religion in cannibal villages.» But the two men set out anyway, traveling for days through snake-infested jungles. When they reached a village, they hung their picture roll on a tree limb and began telling everyone who’d listen about a Saviour who forgives sins and makes lives clean of evil thoughts and actions. People listened and believed.
One day two police officers appeared in the village and ordered the young missionaries out. «But this isn’t a cannibal village anymore,» Kalapi protested. «Most of these people are Christians now.» His words fell on deaf ears as they sent him and Alia back to the city. Luckily, they didn’t end up in jail but were told to stay out of the mountains! To make sure they obeyed, a police officer went to guard the village against further «disruption.» Here’s the really neat part. The police officer the government sent was a Seventh-day Adventist! The spark Kalapi and Alia ignited continued to burn. When God says «Go into all the world,» (Mark 16:15) He goes with us.