The first two Scottish missionaries sent to the New Hebrides Islands were killed & eaten by cannibals on the day they arrived.
After that it proved difficult to find missionary volunteers. But even when John G. Paton agreed to go, well-meaning people in the church tried to dissuade him. One elderly man warned that he would be eaten by cannibals.
Paton replied, “I confess to you, that if I can but live & die serving & honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by cannibals or by worms; and in the Great Day my resurrection body will arise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer.”
After fifteen years of fruitful ministry, almost everyone on the island of Aniwa where Paton ministered was saved.
Lord Jesus said: “People will insult you and hurt you. They will lie and say all kinds of evil things about you because you follow me. But when they do that, know that great blessings belong to you. Be happy about it. Be very glad because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. People did these same bad things to the prophets who lived before you.” (Mat 5:11-12 ERV)