I’m back from an amazing 25-day trip to PNG!
If I could describe this trip in one word:
“Too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.”
But I’ll try my best to walk you through my trip!
The guys and I, including Paul- a friend and representative from one of our home churches in Seattle, had the privilege of visiting three out of the four regions of PNG where NTM serves. After arriving in the capital, Port Moresby, our first main stop was a mature tribal work in the highlands region. Mature? A church has been planted and been discipled unto maturity, with elders established. We had the privilege of visiting at the tail end of an outreach – the outreach was some of the tribal believers and the missionaries visiting a neighboring tribe and teaching through the Bible foundationally (Genesis through the ascension of Christ).
*Note- I received word that the result of this
outreach was that a new church was born, with 35 believers!! The believers in the tribe we visited will continue going to this neighboring tribe to disciple the new believers! This coming Thursday (Wednesday in the USA), will be the first return visit for discipleship. Keep the tribal teachers and the missionaries in your prayers!
After our time in the tribe, we visited three of the NTM centers and had the opportunity to ask questions and meet the leadership in those areas. This includes the region we will be living in for our first 6 months to a year, Madang. Madang is a beautiful region, and it was exciting to see firsthand where we will be!
At this point, Paul flew back to the States, and I continued on to visit a new tribal work. New? The missionaries have recently moved in and are currently learning the tribal language and culture. In the next 1-2 years they will hopefully be able to begin teaching through the Bible foundationally in the tribal language! It was at this leg of the trip that the sobering reality struck me like a 2×4 across the face-