Sandwich Isles

by | Jun 7, 1998 | Protection, Trials, Witnessing

This is a true missionary story concerning the Sandwich Isles in the Pacific where Captain Cook provided the evening meal one day. Possibly because of this, the Sandwich Isles became the target of missionaries seeking to convert the heathen cannibals. Sadly, they only provided further sustenance to the natives. Until one man with an artificial cork leg was called to go there.

Upon arrival he was immediately surrounded by fierce cannibals looking forward to yet another English repast. Using sign language, he managed to convince the chief to taste him first. Then borrowing a knife from the chief, he cut a piece from his cork leg and offered it to the chief to taste. It was so unpleasant that the chief spat it out and from that moment no one would even consider eating him. He stayed there 15 years and converted the entire population to Christianity.

I don’t suppose that at the time he lost his leg he realized the significance for God it would have.

Author unknown. If anyone has a proprietary interest in this story please authenticate and I will be happy to credit, or remove, as the circumstances dictate.

Send by Lance Wearmouth


Sandwich Isles