It’s election time here in Papua New Guinea which means the candidates are out and about serving food and giving speeches. One candidate is planning to visit Hoax’s neighborhood so, in preparation, they built this grandstand. Election season in PNG brings with it a higher likelihood of violence (particularly in the cities) and, on top…

Church in PNG Part II

As we spend time with nationals in Papua New Guinea and with missionaries who have been engaged in the discipleship process for decades, we see the consequences of not completing the task that Jesus gave to his own disciples. We see the results of groups coming to Papua New Guinea as missionaries, but not making disciples. There may be many factors that contribute to this failure, but a few are obvious and easy to identify.

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Church in PNG

After watching Hoax’s story, Sharon Jacobs, asked this:

“I thought Christianity was a new teaching where you are? Hoax said that both he and his parents went to church…people are exposed to Christianity there?”

This is a good question and one that I though could use some explanation.

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Bible Stories with Hoax VI

Want to start at the beginning? Click here. Here’s what we covered: Jesus’ Actions – I read Hoax a number of passages to demonstrate the following things about Jesus: He taught with authority. He cast out demons. He healed the sick. He forgave sins. He had power over the natural world. Jesus’ Teaching – I…

Buk Baibel

The Buk Baibel is PNG’s pidgin translation of the Bible. For those of you who know what a Bible snob I am, you’ll understand what I mean when I say it is less than adequate–mostly because of the inadequacy of pidgin, a trade language with a very limited vocabulary. Nonetheless, for many people here in…

Bible Stories with Hoax Part V

Want to start at the beginning? Click here. It had been a while since Hoax and I were able to sit down and talk about the Bible because he spent two weeks in the hospital with Ginalyn waiting for blood to arrive. They left the hospital after these two weeks without a blood transfusion and…