We believe God is leading us to serve overseas in the country of Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a country about the size of the state of California (178,704 sq mi). It is the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, located north of Australia. Because of its incredibly rugged terrain full of mountains, valleys, swamps, rivers, and dense rainforest, most places in PNG are only accessible by foot, boat or airplane. Papua New Guinea is home to about 7 million people and is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. There are approximately 850 distinct languages in Papua New Guinea, most of which have never been written down. The vast majority of the people of PNG have never heard and understood a clear presentation of the Gospel in their own language, and about half of those language groups still do not have God’s Word in their heart language.
why Papua New Guinea?
Though this was by no means the deciding factor in our decision, one thing that definitely influenced us towards choosing the field of Papua New Guinea is the fact that Josiah grew up there as a missionary kid since he was 6 years old. Rachel grew up hearing about Papua New Guinea through missionaries biographies she read as a kid and through a New Tribes missionary that spoke at a camp she attended as a teenager.
We were also attracted to serving in Papua New Guinea because of the huge need for missionaries there. The doors are still wide open for missionaries to enter the country; and there are dozens of people groups in PNG that are begging for New Tribes Mission to send them missionaries. New Tribes just finished surveying several areas of Papua New Guinea and is ready right now to start working in at least 12 new people groups…except they don’t have enough missionaries. We want to be a part of the answer to that need.
“The Gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.” – Carl F. H. Henry