Pandiki had worked hard all day cutting sago palms and extracting the starch that people would use for thickening soups and making puddings. His mouth watered as he imagined the wonderful meals his wife would prepare using the results of his labors.
He’d planned to spend two weeks on the job before paddling back down the Turama River to his Papua New Guinea village.
«I think I’ve done enough for today,» he told himself as he sat down on a log. «Perhaps I’ll rest for a while before setting up camp.» No sooner had he closed his eyes than a bright light pierced the shadows of the jungle and a wondrous being stood before him.
«Go back to your village,» the visitor said.
Pandiki frowned. «But I’ve got work to do. I must gather sago.» The being shook its head. «A teacher is coming. You must take with you one tenth of the food you’ve gathered to give to the teacher.» Then, as suddenly as it had appeared, the stranger vanished.
Pandiki sat up with a start. What had just happened? Was it a dream? Without further thought, he packed up his belongings and headed home. When he approached his village, he noticed a large gathering with a stranger standing among them holding up some pictures. Pandiki gasped. That must be the teacher the being had spoken about.
The man gathered up his sago and headed for the crowd. He had food to deliver!
In time, Pandiki and the entire village became baptized members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.