Cannibals or Worms

One of my favourite missionaries is John Paton. When Paton wanted to be a missionary to New Hebrides, one of the men in his home Church famously criticised his desire saying, “You will be eaten by cannibals!” In reply John said:

Mr. Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or by worms; and in the Great Day my Resurrection body will rise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer.

John Piper has an excellent summary of the biography of John Paton.

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