Fleshing-Out the Vision

In our last blog post, we announced that God is leading us to Port Moresby to start a new ministry that will partner with the existing churches in order to train men and women to go do what we have already been doing for the last ten years.

I’d like to give some more information as to what this new ministry will look like. Basically, it can be broken into four bite-size pieces: church, school, college, and camp.

    1. Capitol City Baptist Church I do believe strongly that Christ instituted the church and that He works through the local church. It would be counter-productive to do this work without doing it through a local church.Our target demographic is the foreign community. There is already a large community of Filipino, Pakistani, Indonesian, Australian, Chinese, Indian, American, Canadian and other nationalities living in Port Moresby. In addition to these, there is a rapidly growing community of foreign workers who are coming for the mining work. Estimates of 15,000 new foreign workers are being stated for the new mining project scheduled to be on track by the end of this year!In a nutshell, it is difficult for Papua New Guineans to be accepted across the cultural barrier. However, foreigners are instantly attracted to other foreigners. God has proven this repeatedly to Becky and me as we have met other foreigners in Moresby who have invited us into their homes and opened up in ways that rarely, if ever happen with the local pastors.Obviously, we want to reach Papua New Guineans–we have been doing that for ten years! But we want to help Papua New Guineans reach a part of their country that they are having difficulty doing by […]

Big Announcement for TTMK!

After ten years at Kotidanga, I have seen God fulfill the missionary dream. We’ve watched as people have accepted Christ, grown, and gone on to tell others about Him. We’ve seen Christ’s command of Matthew 28:19-20 take fruit in the form of churches started and people discipled. And now…the Kamea are sending their own. It’s the ultimate missionary dream.

For the last two years, I’ve known that God was going move our family somewhere. At the same time, my heart still breaks for the remote areas that remain unreached. I’ve been praying that God would send 38 missionary families to continue reaching the Gulf Province’s other 19 remote tribes. To step away from this, and be a pastor in America, my heart would break. This job is too big to step away from it.

I could move to a new location in a remote area and start over. Theoretically, in ten years, I could duplicate what has already been accomplished here at Kotidanga. But at this rate, we’ll never complete the task of reaching these tribes in this generation. And that’s when it hit me: Why not train educated Papua New Guineans to have a heart for their own people?

Now, it’s time for a quick PNG cultural lesson. There are two kinds of people here in PNG. There are those who are educated, and there are the rest of the people who live in rural villages. The numbers are astonishing. As recent as 2011, close to 87% of the population lived in rural areas (source). For years, churches of educated people in the cities have been concerned with taking the Gospel to the rural areas, and they have made outreaches to those areas. However, due […]