“One who walks in another’s tracks leaves no footprints”
In the 1800’s, the missionary pioneers LANDED ON the shores and TREKED THE jungles of Papua New Guinea and left their foot prints. On that same wave were the government officers, educators and business entrepreneurs. The urgency to civilize the unreached was the motivating factor and as a result, gathering and wandering groups became settled communities. We commend the pioneers of various fields which set the fabric for today’s Papua New Guinea. Our focus now is on the first fruits of the pioneer missionaries who caught the vision to continue to pass the baton to the unreached communities. Today our own missionaries are leaving the Papua New Guinean shores to carry the gospel to unreached people. Sadly, the foot prints of our pioneer missioners here in PNG have been erased just like a wave that clears a foot print left in the sand, even the jungle floods have covered up the evidence of those blessed feet that brought the good news over the rugged mountains. However, the real message of the gospel is not in the foot prints but in the hearts of those who have genuinely stored in their hearts and have become live models for others.
Therefore our goal is to “ride on the shoulders of those giants” and plot a new track using technologies so that the foot print of the Holy Spirit is evident in the lives of those we contact. We are doing this through our ongoing survey program.
The latest survey in one of the province in the highlands showed that a good number of Christians need literature on baptism, faith and salvation. The basic foundation for any Christian to grow from, thus the same need today as in the 1800’s. The pioneers distributed the Good News on paper which was vulnerable to water and weather but hopefully stored in the heart. Now a vibrant missionary has the opportunity to carry the Good News on flash drives, SD micro cards, audio devices and mobile phones but the million kina question is “Will the heart receive the Good News?”
We desire to be the last mile to give a bible to a pastor who needs one, an audio bible to a woman who lives in fear, to a blind pastor who can preach again and to the illiterate ministry leaders who can be equipped and empowered to present the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to do the finishing touches, a foot print that will never be erased.
If you are on this side of the bridge, come and partner with us and if you on the other side, please find a way to come see us for help.