Finally, there’s some good news in 2020! And, of course, it has to do with the Good News. There are THREE tribal groups being presented with the gospel right now. Amdu is teaching, Wantakia has just started, and Pei is within two weeks of finishing up.
To get to this point, it takes years of learning a tribal language and learning how the tribal people think in order to begin teaching the truth to them in a way that they will understand. This is a HUGE accomplishment to get to this point. Please pray for these three groups that they will accurately understand the Good News!
Of course, there are 41 other tribal works in process as well across Papua New Guinea. Pay for Iski, Mibu, Tobo, Kuman, Dom, Kovol, Hewa and many many others!
Three in High School
We now have Kobe, a senior; Kaili, a sophomore; and Kiera, a freshman. However, with COVID-19 making its presence felt in PNG, there may not be teachers in PNG to start the school year! So, PRAY that international flights and routes – and PNG – will open up and we’ll be able to start the school year on time. The way it’s looking, it may not be able to start until second term, but with God all things are possible!
By the Numbers
50 – Aaron’s parents are celebrating 50 this year 27 – Tribal missionaries on their way to PNG 2 – More accountants coming to PNG 43 – Missionaries in culture and language study 1 – Tribal missionary team in housebuilding 31 – Completed New Testaments 3 – Tribal groups in phase 1 teaching (Creation to Christ) 370 – Missionaries in PNG, coming to PNG, or on home assignment (furlough) 3 – Did we mention we have 3 kids in high school now? 696 – Missionaries and missionary kids with New Tribes Mission Papua New Guinea (NTM PNG) 21 – Units (family or single) needed to join tribal works that have already started More than 12 – Number of tribes asking for missionaries 850 – number of tribal groups in Papua New Guinea
There are not many exciting things to share about work in the Business Office. “Hey, we settled the [whatever] account!” or “Where do we charge this boat motor?” or “Why can’t people spell ‘liaison’”? or many other things that we can’t announce to the world. Just trust us that the Business Office is a very busy place with 15 members working hard to keep the business operations going in PNG. The only news that is remotely worth sharing is that the Business Office has been evaluating our ERP software (the software that runs the whole show) to see how suitable it will be carrying us into the future. For us, this is big time stuff! We’ve been working on this project for at least 8 months, and we’re finally going to be making some decisions about where we’re heading. Please pray that we’ll make good decisions about our business software and that we’ll be able to facilitate tribal church development well into the future in PNG.