Canoes, Crocodiles and Christ: The Story of Haru Hariva


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Canoes, Crocodiles, and Christ beautifully capture the desire in every heart, regardless of culture, for hope and meaning. Most importantly, it captures God's love and the extraordinary lengths He goes to win the hearts and minds of those caught in primitive religions. We need to be reminded more than ever that God is active in this world and that He partners with us when we partner with Him. Like Haru, we may never know until heaven the results of being faithful to God's call on the human heart.

“Hariva!” she screamed. There was a loud splash, then silence . . .

That was the last Haru ever heard from his mother. Unable to cope with his loss, Haru’s father left him with relatives, returning years later to prepare Haru to become the next chief and initiate him into the world of puri puri magic. But Haru wanted to go to school, determined to learn how to make sense of the strange marks the other boys scratched in the dirt. Haru learned to read and write, but most importantly, he discovered the God who created the world—a God stronger than puri puri, stronger than the fiercest cannibals, a God he would serve for the rest of his life.

This is the true story of Haru Hariva, who pioneered God’s message, bringing the light of Jesus and His love to many remote villages in Papua New Guinea. Facing challenges and dangers, he witnessed miracles as God made hidden crocodiles visible, sent His angel to prepare the hearts of remote villagers, and fulfilled His promise that “when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you” (Isaiah 43:2).

Dr. David McClintock grew up in Papua New Guinea as the son of missionary parents and spoke Tok Pisin before he spoke English. He graduated from Avondale College with Theology and Teaching degree and completed a Masters and Doctorate at Andrews University. David, his wife Glenda, and their two boys were called to serve in Papua New Guinea in 1983. Their daughter was born while they were there. David has served as a teacher, principal and education director and currently oversees Adventist Education for the South Pacific Division. Gathering stories of God’s providence and guidance in people’s lives is one of his passions.

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Item Format Paperback
Publisher Signs Publishing Company
Weight (lbs) 0.640000
Page Count 152
Language English
Year Published 2021
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