Standing on the shoulders of giants.

Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 4.44.42 PMWhen we sat down with the Papua New Guinean pastors, they opened up their hearts to us. We have been seeing an exodus of potential leaders. It has been a sad march of excellent young people that have gone overseas for tertiary education, only to fall in love with McDonald’s and Walmart. (Who blames them? Would you want to go work in a village if you haven’t been called to give your life there?)

For the last ten years, we have been training young men and women in Kotidanga, Gulf Province; and in the last few years, we have been receiving requests from young people all around Papua New Guinea to come to Kotidanga for their Bible training. The complex logistics involved in bringing students into Kotidanga to depend upon the local market and deal with the isolation there were too great to overcome. Port Moresby presents itself as the ideal solution for these requests.

It will take a few years to put the infrastructure into place before we can have our first class. However, we are planning in that direction. Dormitories for 300 men and 300 ladies, a cafeteria, an administration building, along with several classroom buildings will eventually round out the vision. Of course, these buildings do not need to be in place at the beginning, but we plan to start following this plan in the next few years.

God is still looking for quality leaders to take the baton from those giants who have come before us. We want to help train the next generation of young people in Papua New Guinea to be just those–giants who stand on the shoulders of giants.

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“I will build my church.”

Church BuildingJesus was talking to His disciples, and He made this statement: “…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18)

One of the most comforting things about doing missions is the fact that Jesus Christ promised to build His church. It is the job of a missionary to further the Gospel through church-planting. However, church-planting without disciple-making leads to empty buildings and heartless people. One simply cannot divorce church-planting from disciple-making.

Our goal is to start a new church in Port Moresby that crosses several demographics. We anticipate reaching people of multiple nationalities while pouring our lives into the average folks in the villages surrounding the city.

The strategy is to meet in the living room of our house for a few weeks or months, while we build a nucleus of believers. From there, we will most likely move into a school classroom or into a conference room at a hotel. All the while, we plan to save the money to build a building. Thankfully, we already have the property to build on, so that will not be an issue.
We have seen this strategy work many times in the past, and we expect that it will work again.

In the long-term, we envision Capital City Baptist Church of Port Moresby sending its own young men and women into remote areas of Papua New Guinea, and as God allows, into the South Pacific, carrying the Gospel. The most exciting part is that we know that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

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Preparing for the Future

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As many of you already know, we are in the United States currently, preparing for the new phase of ministry that we feel God has led us into. Several things have come together, and we are super-excited about what God is going to do over the next few years in Port Moresby. We just can’t wait to get back to Papua New Guinea!

There are four specific elements of the vision, and I plan to expound on each of them separately over the next few days, but today I’m going to simply let you have a bird’s-eye view of the campus.

God has miraculously provided 15 acres in Port Moresby already, and we began building our house at the beginning of this year. When we return to PNG at the end of this year, we plan to complete the construction on the house. But we also plan to start into phase one of the church…but I’m getting ahead of myself.

I’ve enjoyed taking the time to talk through the vision with extremely talented Artist Jon Taylor who works with Answers in Genesis. When he presented us with this drawing, my heart soared; this is exactly what I believe God has called us to spend the rest of our life working on.

Thank you for being a part of the ministry in Papua New Guinea over the last several years. We look forward to many more years serving Christ and training others to further the Gospel.

To see a high-resolution PDF of the drawing, click here: SPCU Campus