The Headhunting Wa Tribe and Jesus (Eternity in Their Hearts Part 3)

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – “He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” 

In the early 1900’s Pu Chan, the tribal leader of the headhunting Wa people, saddled a little pony and told his “disciples” to follow it in search of a “white brother bearing the book of Siyeh, the True God.”  This had previously been revealed to Pu Chan in a dream/vision.

The pony led Pu Chan’s amazed disciples over approximately 200 miles of mountainous trails and down into the city of Kentung.  Then it turned into the gate of a nearby compound and headed straight for a well.

The pony stopped beside the well.  Pu Chan’s disciples looked in all directions but saw no trace of either a white brother or a book of any sort.

Nelda Widlund, daughter of Vincent Young and granddaughter of William Marcus Young described what happened next: The Wa tribesmen heard sounds coming from the well.  They looked down into the well and saw no water, but only two clear blue eyes looking up at them out of a friendly, bearded white face.

“Hello, strangers!”  The voice — speaking in the Shan language — echoed out of the well.  “May I help you?”  William Marcus Young climbed out of the well, which was not yet in use (he was still digging it).  As he brushed the dust from his hands and faced them, the Wa messengers asked, “Have you brought a book of God?”

Young nodded.  The Wa men, overcome with emotion, fell at his feet and blurted the message from Pu Chan.  Then they added: “This pony is saddled especially for you.  Our people are all waiting.  Fetch the book!  We must be on our way!”

The Youngs and their Karen colleagues — in addition to previously baptizing 60,000 Lahu — soon found themselves baptizing another 10,000 Wa men and women, who continued to spread the message of the Bible throughout Burma and southwestern China.

The above story is one of many incredible stories contained in the book “Eternity in Their Hearts” by Dr. Don Richardson, I highly recommend picking up a copy.  It’s also available on Kindle and Nook. 

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