Yabru Oral Bible Storytelling Workshop and Demas’ Story

We recently completed our second of five Oral Bible Storytelling (OBS) workshop in Yabru, Sandaun province. I and the four Papua New Guinean trainers arrived several days early so we could talk about the course and prepare for the times of teaching. The trainers are former graduates of the OBS…

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Oral Bible Storytelling

The third Oral Bible Storytelling (OBS) workshop in Wewak finished recently. OBS is designed to help people learn a Bible story and then be able to tell the story accurately and naturally in their own language. After the story is told, questions are asked that are designed to draw out…

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Happy Independence Day, PNG!

Today was Independence Day for Papua New Guinea. PNG is 39 years old today and it was celebrated here in Wewak with speeches, a parade, gun salute, and lots of red, black and yellow. What was it like? Take a tour with the pictures below.    

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Covenant Day

Tuesday was “Covenant Day” also known as the “National Repentance and Prayer Day” and was a national holiday. In the Melanesian world view where the spiritual and physical are intricately entwined and the government openly Christian, this holiday takes on a very different flavour than a national day of prayer…

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Cultural Documentation

Much of a person’s unique cultural identity is tied up in their language Papua New Guinea has over 820 languages making it home to almost 12% of the world’s languages. However, some of these languages are dying at an alarming rate. These languages range from a few speakers or one…

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Faith vs Depression, Which Wins?

As I’ve been reflecting on my recent experiences, I’ve been contemplating on what determines if faith or depression will ultimately triumph. I’ve thought about other people who have pulled through difficult circumstances like a man I met last year named Johnson. Johnson is a Papua New Guinean who lives in…

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