There is no boarding pass for remote flights! You are to wait patiently and allow the ground flight supervisor to help you find your seat. This was the experience that Pastor Martin Kupen and I discovered as we boarded the Tropicair flight to Kikori in the Gulf Province. Pastor Martin and I were invited as quest speakers for the Kikori District Interdenominational conference on the theme of “God’s Love and Compassion for Sinners” from Luke 15:20. I realized that we were the last ones to be called on board which meant that we will be the first ones to be off loaded!
It was perfect biblically that the last shall be first but then I realized that we will be first to get off to be in this remote place for a week! I needed answers for the return trip. Our trip consisted of a plane ride, a walk and then a dinghy ride. When I asked the pilot for the following Wednesday, he said, same place but pack a good lunch!
Pack a good lunch as a statement is packed with lot of meaning that I experienced during this Kikori trip. It was LT’s second trip to the Southern Region of our country and the first one to Gulf Province. Gulf Province shares a geographical boarder with Southern Highlands where Liquidated Natural Gas (LNG) project is the main focus of the country. Kikori water ways region is where the oil and gas pipes get stored up for tankers to load.
What this means financially is that the land owners have money flowing in on weekly bases. The Church in Kikori has a gigantic task to teach the people to put their trust in God rather than in money. During the preaching and teaching, the Lord gave a word of knowledge to a young girl from Kopi village; the village where the Oil Search Company is based which monitors the Gobe oil fields. The spirit of the Lord gave her Isaiah 45:1-8, which she shared on one of the nights.
Personally, the revelation of God’s word during a gathering was the most humbling experience for me. It very clearly demonstrated to me that I was nothing but just a vessel for the Lord to do his work. I know that my fellow speakers felt the same way that the Lord himself visited his people through his word because all preparations for Independence celebrations were cancelled to give priority to God’s word. The leaders expressed on Independence Day speeches that this was the first time that all activities related to celebrating Independence of PNG was not given priority.
The priority given on that day was for each of the quest speakers to pray and dedicate individual tribes to God. It was such a special moment to raise the PNG flag and thank God for the beautiful country and in that momentum to dedicate each Kikori tribe to the Lord was awesome! Each tribe leader was trusting the Lord for all his members under the lordship of God who had visited them in the word of knowledge from Is.45:1-8. It was indeed a beautiful independence day!
In Proverbs 3:5-6, trusting the Lord makes the difference in any given situation. I learned to trust the Lord for his Spirit to minister to his people during the crusade and the teachings. I learned that when the people of Kikori acknowledged his Word over Independence Day celebrations he gave word of knowledge from Isaiah 45:1-8.
I learned that when the Pilot of Tropicair said he would return to pick us up, he did return and thanks to his warning we did pack a good lunch. Jesus said he will return to take us home to be with him (John 14:3) so as we wait for his return, we better pack a good lunch!
As we wait, we continue to help others read, hear and see the Gospel in its various forms so that they can come to the full knowledge of Christ Jesus and who he really is. One of the highlights of this trip was to donate an audio bible to the town mayor of Kikori town, who is illiterate but loves to hear the Scriptures read to her by her husband. The husband is now out of job thanks to the audio bible and the top councilor for Kikori town is now a very proud woman! To God be the glory as we become instruments for the Holy Spirit to make people thirst and hunger for God’s word.