By: Eddie S. Rayos, President
1. PRODUCTIVE — SIGNIFICANT RESULTS
My visit and survey to Papua New Guinea is an answer to a three-year prayer. Steve Mayo presented this plan to the board the possibility of PABWE sending Filipino missionaries to PNG in collaboration with the existing work of ABWE because there are still places and peoples that are yet to be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I started promoting this plan in my Newsletters and PABWE Brochures to Churches I visited. I asked the brethren to pray for God’s perfect timing when I can make a mission survey and that He will provide my roundtrip fare. Praise be to God because He is indeed Jehovah Jireh.
2. NOTABLE— WORTHY OF NOTICE
There were several things that I noticed the moment I landed and stayed in Papua New Guinea for at least 10 days:
A. New Guineans are happy and friendly people especially those in towns and villages. PNG is much bigger than the Philippines as far as the land area is concern but has a fewer population of only 8M. The people has 3 major languages (Pidgin, English and Motu) but they have around 820 local dialects. I was surprised that several of them can easily learn how to speak my native dialect when I taught them how to greet in Bisaya.
B. The places that I went to were very scenic and relaxing because of a cooler climate especially in areas such as Simbai and Goroka. Goroka is where the work of ABWE started. They were able to buy a 10 hectares of land and built buildings for their Bible College (GBBC) with 69 students being trained for ministry and missions. Most of their Churches were planted by GBBC graduates but they are inviting Filipino Missionaries to teach, train and plant more churches.
C. The local Pastors and Workers are friendly and accommodating. Some of them walked barefooted for 4 or more hours just to attend the conference and fellowship because there are no other means of transportations especially in the Village of Simbai. The transportation in villages, towns and provinces are trucks and mini vans and trucks are mostly overloaded.
3. GRATEFUL — SATISFYING AND CHALLENGING
My mission’s survey trip was satisfying and challenging because I was able to personally visit the place, practically interacted with the locals and saw the need of more labourers for the harvest in PNG. It was my pleasure as well to meet the New Guinean pastors and officially connected with our partners.