Missionaries have everything in place. Scripture portions are translated; Uriay people have learned to read their language, Uriay speaking missionaries are teaching foundational Bible lessons from Creation to Christ, from Sunday to Thursday; Excitement runs high as the village people gather to hear the teaching of God’s Word. It’s been six years of diligent language and culture study and Scripture translation. But someone’s missing….
Are you missing?
Yes, you! We need you to pray daily during the next 6-8 weeks as the NTM missionary team present the gospel message for the first time to the Uriay people of Papua New Guinea. Your prayers to the heart of God are the missing, vital link.
Pray each man, woman and child will listen intently, Pray the Holy Spirit will work mightily in the hearts of the Uriay people to bring the knowledge of God and understanding of the gospel of grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Pray a thriving Uriay church will be established and strong faithful leadership will be raised to take the good news to all villages of the Uraiy people and beyond.
Don’t miss out! The second week of teaching has begun. We will keep you posted.
Read the recent NTM News Article about the Uriay people. Check it out. June 9, 2010 by David Bell
The Uriay people of Papua New Guinea, sheltered from the rain by the thatch roof overhead, listened intently as missionary Elias Struik spoke.
“Akore, akore fari, Kot, nom …. In the beginning God ….”
Elias went on to explain more about that beginning. “There was no ground, no sky, no sun, no food or water and no people other than God Himself.”
Toward the end of the lesson a village leader, Wobere, stood and asked, “There is just one thing I would like you to explain to me. What was it like for God if there was no ground and no sun?”
“We gave him the only answer we could think of,” wrote Elias, “that we really didn’t know. We are not like God. We need air to breath and sunlight to see and ground to walk on. We can’t really imagine a life without these things. This was exactly the point we were trying to make and it seemed like it rang loud and clear.”
The missionary team was pleased with the attendance for the first week of evangelistic Bible teaching, and pleasantly surprised when one man who indicated he would not come to the teaching showed up mid week, probably out of curiosity.
The man stood outside the schoolhouse, listening, and after the meeting he asked if he could use one of the MP3 players to take home for the weekend to listen to the lessons.
The missionary team is teaching Sunday through Thursday each week. Please pray for faithful attendance and that the Uriay people will have ready hearts to receive the Gospel