Excitement was in the air as veteran missionary, Bob Kennell, spoke with his years of experience of planting a church in a remote location in Papua New Guinea. He was invited to our campus to impart a fresh vision to reach unreached people groups around the world. He spoke of his sacrifice, dedication, and reliance on God to see a church planted among the Bisorio People.
He shared about his first encounter with these indigenous people as they drew close to him with fierce shouts and unknown communications, and he questioned his decision to bring his family to such an aggressive people. He openly shared his struggles in working with his partner, but how over time they became very close. He told of how he slowly became friends with the Bisorio and how he shared in their sorrows and joys as he and his family lived life amongst them. He told of the thrill of sharing the Good News with these people and how they clearly understood the message of salvation after Bob and his co-workers taught for months chronologically through the Bible. Many of the Bisorio embraced the truth and accepted Jesus as their Savior.
Our Fall semester at Ethnos360 Training began on Monday, August 16th with this time of challenge. Bob spoke to a full auditorium which included 39 new students and 43 returning students who are participating in the two years of cross-cultural training. Currently there are students from across the States as well as from Germany, South Asia, and South America. We appreciate your prayers and participation in our ministry as we seek to raise up the next generation of missionaries who will establish thriving churches among unreached people.
John & Melanie