Abbey Meads church members Mark and Helen Johnson adapted a story of courage and sacrifice found in many cultures for the church holiday club in early July.
“Peace Child” is one such story which was brought to western eyes and ears by missionaries in 1962. The head hunting Sawi tribe in former New Guinea delighted in deceiving their enemies by pretending to be friends and then killing them. They had a tradition about a Peace Child however. This was the key which transformed the tribe when it began to understand about the God who so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son for them so they could experience true peace.
The story we presented was a simplified version. There are two tribes, the Sotongis who love physical work and are fit, who hate the Wannakeekees. They are more artistic and educated. They spread bad rumours about each other and are divided by the past – and a river. A reporting team from the West come along and think they can help by building a bridge, but only make matters worse. Then Wisdom from the past speaks and they all listen.
Mark and Helen Johnson who are well known writers of songs for school assemblies, have adapted the story and Diane Charlesworth- Herbert and her team helped the children to put on the production, with only three mornings of practice They all worked very hard and delighted their families by singing 10 songs and learning their lines.