After some time the chief came to him and expressed concern about a child one of the village women had just had. The chief told him that the child was white and he was concerned about a man of God behaving in this way.
The missionary took the chief to the flock of sheep on the outskirts of the village and in an effort to explain how something like this might happen, he pointed to the lone black sheep in with the mostly white flock.
The chief got quiet and appeared to be deep in thought. When he finally spoke again he said, “Ok, I’ll stay quiet about the kid if you stay quiet about the sheep.”