A TALL AND BLOND INDIAN CHIEF:Pedro dressed in the costume of the Indians of the Andes highlands, where he worked as a nurse, teacher, and pastor for 20 years. [p. 7 of book/see footnote]edro Kalbermatter looked through the window of the mission school in Azangaro, in the Peruvian high plateau between the Andes Mountains.* He knew this Sabbath was the day marked by his enemies to kill him first, then shoot the Indians, and finally break down the mission walls. He could see the dust of the mob approaching. It was led by landowners who would not accept that this “Protestant heretic,” as they called Pedro, educated the Indians and taught them to quit drinking. The landowners’ money depended on the Indians’ slave work, and they knew drunken and disheartened Indians were easier to manage.
PART OF THE FAMILY: Shown are Pedro’s parents and nine of his 11 brothers and sisters in the 1920s. Pedro was already working in Peru when this picture was taken.One day, however, a colporteur sold some religious books to the family and they began to read these books. Very soon they learned about the Sabbath, the Second Coming, and God’s health principles. Convicted, the family decided to be baptized. Since they lacked a pool, a visiting pastor agreed to baptize them in the well they used to water the cattle. Now the neighbors saw that the Kalbermatter boys were not fighting anymore, and that they had quit smoking and drinking!
REST OF A WARRIOR: Just a few blocks from the school that prepared them for the mission field, Pedro and Mina await the glorious morning of the resurrection.Pedro humbly accepted the leaders’ rebuke. The next time two pastors came to visit and baptize the candidates, they found Pedro had 600 people ready for baptism!