In the final days of WWII Mel Rutter was wounded in New Guinea. As he lay propped against a tree, fading in and out of consciousness, he was suddenly brought to full awareness by an Aboriginal native, called Fuzzy Wuzzies by the troops, standing in front of him, holding a spear and staring at him intently. Mel admits to being terrified. Their eyes locked on each other for what seemed an eternity. At full ready to plunge the spear into Mel’s heart, the Fuzzy Wuzzy asked, in English, “White boy Christian?”
Though Mel had walked a bit behind Jesus during the war, he understood the gospel and answered, “Yes!” The native, who had trusted Christ under the ministry of a local missionary, along with a few others helped Mel to get back with his company and receive medical attention. Concerning the initial encounter Mel said, “At that moment I thanked God for every missionary in the history of the world.”
The picture accompanying this article is much like the Fuzzy Wuzzy. He doesn’t look as though he has been touched by Jesus. A rod pierced through his nose, war paint all over, very little clothing, a text book cannibal. But his heart had been changed by Jesus, via the obedience of a missionary. He is a strangely wrapped gift, but God’s gift to a wounded American soldier nonetheless!
After the war Mel founded Maranatha Baptist Missions and touched thousands for Christ.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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