Source: Ethnos360, October 29, 2017
The Higaunon people used to live in fear. They lived in bondage, worshiping their ancestors and sacrificing pigs and chickens to appease the spirits.
And then the gospel message changed all that. Fear turned to faith.
After hearing the gospel message, the newly saved Higaunons said, “All we could talk about was what Jesus had done for us and how we could now see the truth so clearly. … We were amazed at the darkness and depth of sin that we were in before. To think that we actually worshiped God’s enemy, thinking that we were on the right track! … It was such a joyful time in our lives to be set free from the terrible bondage that the spirits had held us under through fear.”
The infant Higaunon church became burdened for their fellow Higaunons in other villages. They wondered why it took so long for the gospel to reach them.
“It seemed to us that 2,000 years was a really long time to bring the message to our place, and we didn’t want it to be a long time before it reached other Higaunon villages,” the Higaunon believers said.
They didn’t just talk about it. They did something about it. And as a result, there are churches in over 20 other Higaunon villages.
» Editor’s note: This story reminded us of the one told in the video Never the Same chronicling the return of author Don Richardson and his sons to the village described in the bestselling book Peace Child.