Waiting for John

About This Episode


If you had never heard of an airplane or a refrigerator, would you think it was a miracle the first time you encountered one?

When the American military landed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War II, the islanders were amazed by America's fantastic cargo - planes, trucks, refrigerators, canned food. They thought such goods could only come from the Gods. Led by the mysterious prophet John, a religion was born: the John Frum Movement, now considered the last surviving Cargo Cult. Waiting for John explores this extraordinary religion from the perspective of the last village of believers, as they struggle to preserve their way of life in the modern world.

In the process Waiting for John asks, where do our prophets come from? And what makes people believe?