The Sawi were headhunters and cannibals when a young couple named Don and Carol Richardson arrived in their village carrying their seven-month-old boy Steve – and a message that would change the tribe forever. The year was 1962, and Steve – and later, three more children – spent their youth among the Sawi, learning the language and embracing the culture in ways that would shape the rest of their lives. The story was immortalized in the best-selling book Peace Child and a feature film (available on NetFlix as well) of the same name, inspiring a new generation to take the gospel to the remaining isolated tribes of the earth.
Fifty years later, Steve joins his father, Don, and two brothers, Shannon and Paul, to visit the Sawi village where they grew up. What is the state of the church they planted among the Sawi? Are the friends they played with still alive? Will anyone remember the mark their family left on the tribe? Journey with Steve (see video below) as he travels to the swamps of Papua, Indonesia, to introduce you to the Sawi, and explore the impact of the gospel among a previously unreached people group.
If you haven’t read Peace Child, you will want to get a copy of the book and read the amazing story of how God’s Spirit opened the eyes of the Sawi to see that Jesus is their Peace Child!