John Paton was a Scottish missionary who risked his life to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the South Pacific in the late 19th and early 20th century. Paton's ministry was among a very violent, aggressive, and cannibalistic people. He loved these lost people and wanted them to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
And now the rest of the story...
Our oldest son heard about John Paton last week at his 5-Day Bible Club. Here are a few items that you might not have known (only through the lips of a 4-year old):
Dad: "Sam, tell us what happened today in the missionary story?"
Sam: "John was being attacked by a bunch of rich doctors, and these rich doctors went and found other rich doctors to get John."
Commentary: It appears that the The 1% also dwelt on the New Hebrides Islands long ago. These rich doctors also opposed the missionary efforts of John Patton. If only John Paton could have called on Occupy Wall Street so that his ministry could have flourished.
Solution: Or the "rich doctors" were actually "witch doctors" and the 4-year old needs to learn a new phrase.
A few days later...Dad overhearing the telling of the missionary story.
5-Day Leader: "And then John Paton was surrounded by natives who were wanting to kill him and eat him..." [Sam raising his hand]..."Yes Sam."
Sam: "I think John should stop and pray to God and ask Him to give him a gun to kill all the bad guys."
5-Day Leader: "Uh...well...uh...John loved these people so he didn't want to kill them."