Never the Same - An Introduction to Steve Richardson
I'm so excited about Missions Sunday and our guest preacher, Steve Richardson. Steve is now the president of Pioneers-USA. He is also the son of Don Richardson, author of Peace Child. Steve grew up among tribal groups in Papua New Guinea, and Steve and his wife later served as adults in Indonesia for many years. I have enjoyed some personal interactions with Steve and am excited for his visit to First Free!
I want to share with you this powerful video that will introduce you to Steve and the impact of his family's time in Papua New Guinea.
"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. Their story was immortalized in the best-selling book Peace Child and a feature film 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 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."