Over the last couple of years, since we’ve started this journey into our new world missions role, we’ve watched videos of testimonies from people in Papua New Guinea. One of them, in a message to Americans, says “Yes, living in the land of Papua New Guinea is very difficult. … You of America cannot be afraid to come to Papua New Guinea. Sometimes I hear this kind of talk, “Papua New Guinea is a very hot land that is filled with various kinds of diseases – malaria and many others.” And so, since Papua New Guinea is like that, you of America are very afraid to come here. You should be placing confident trust in God. If you get a big sick and die, where will you go? You will go to heaven! So, no, you cannot be afraid of such a thing!”
We’ve had the Bible in our own language in America since the country was founded. Generations of American’s have been able to read the Bible and accept its truths and pass their knowledge on to others. It’s humbling to hear someone from Papua New Guinea, who is from the first generation of his people group to learn about Christ, reminding us of the Great Commission and why we don’t need to be afraid to leave behind the comfort of home. If we have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation, we cannot be afraid of discomfort or sickness. We must place our trust in God and go!
See and hear the challenge from the Bisorio people here: