Video – Never the Same

The Sawi were headhunters and cannibals when a young couple named Don and Carol Richardson arrived in their village. They carried their seven-month-old boy, Steve—and a message that would change the tribe forever. The year was 1962, and Steve—and later, three more children—spent their youth among the Sawi. They learned the language and embraced the culture in ways that would shape the rest of their lives. The best-selling book Peace Child and a feature film of the same name immortalized the story and inspired a new generation to take the gospel to the remaining isolated tribes of the earth.

Fifty years later, Steve joins his father, Don, and two brothers, Shannon and Paul, to visit the Sawi village where they grew up. What is the state of the church they planted among the Sawi? Are the friends they played with still alive? Will anyone remember the mark their family left on the tribe? Journey with Steve as he travels to the swamps of Papua, Indonesia, to introduce you to the Sawi, and explore the impact of the gospel among a previously unreached people group.

Watch Never the Same: Celebrating 50 Years Since Peace Child

Celebrating the Life and Influence of Don Richardson, June 23, 1935 – December 23, 2018

Don Richardson, 83, went home to be with the Lord. His life and work continue to impact thousands. He will be deeply missed at Pioneers and around the world.

Stories from the pursuit

Doing Justice, Loving Mercy, Walking Humbly

We earnestly pray that the gospel of Christ, the ultimate source of healing and reconciliation, may breathe hope and truth-inspired change into broken communities not only around the world, but also here in our own land.

Serving Healthcare Workers During a Crisis

Pioneers in Southeast Asia and their partners bought 1,700+ locally made hazmat suits and other supplies to donate to at least 46 hospitals and clinics.

Video – How Pioneers Got Started

Ted Fletcher wondered whether he was ready to die during the Korean War. Watch this one-minute animated video to find out how he responded to that question and founded Pioneers 40+ years ago.