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Tanna Volcano Cult Members Turn to Christ

May 2, 2007

People on the isolated South Pacific island of Tanna, in the
country of Vanuatu, have long put their faith in John Frum, a
figure they insist is a former American GI during World War II
who will someday emerge from the volcano and shower his believers
with wealth and knowledge. Frum has been described as a combination
of John the Baptist, Uncle Sam, and Santa Claus.

Yet members of the cult quickly forego their volcano “god” after
viewing the JESUS film. Among the
10,000 islanders who formerly adhered to the volcano cult, more
than 4,666 people from Tanna have converted to Christianity,
according to Wes Brenneman, director of Campus Crusade for Christ
in the Pacific Islands.

See the whole article here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. sam permalink
    May 3, 2007 1:25 am

    obviously their adherence to the John Frum cult was short-lived and not so solid. is there any indication that their commitment to Jesus is better?

  2. May 3, 2007 8:40 am

    Good question. I had wondered the same. Only time will tell.

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