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 to a lack of trained men with hearts for those rural areas, the majority of rural churches have been started by foreign missionaries.

And thus the dream was born: let’s train not only Papua New Guinean men and women but let’s train Chinese and Pakistani and Filipino and Indian people (people from these countries already live in PNG and nobody is reaching them) to reach into the interior, and to reach out into the surrounding countries.

We have our own airplane, and a second pilot on deputation. We already have the ability to take pastors-in-training immediately to remote airstrips. We just need to get them trained.

I began to talk to other missionaries and national pastors about this dream, and I learned they had been praying for the same thing. Pastors in Port Moresby had been praying for a Bible College where we could train our educated men and women to reach not just PNG but the South Pacific region.

Today I met with the pastors of Port Moresby and we agreed to move forward with starting a Bible College right here in Port Moresby.

The plan is already taking shape. Even as I write, we are in the process of acquiring a large tract of land in Port Moresby in a strategic area. Next, we will build our house on that land and move our family to Port Moresby. We will then start a new church, a Christian school, and the Bible college.

The church is also a part of the vision of the Port Moresby pastors. They have seen the need to reach the “upper-class” of PNG society as well as the foreign community. As I shared my vision with the pastors, we were united in our dream: The missionary coming to start a new work to reach a new demographic, and not to “lord” over the national pastors, but to work alongside them and strengthen them as we work together to reach the city for Christ.

Lord willing, we will train 12th-grade graduates, the “cream of the crop,” right here in Papua New Guinea to do what I have already done–go spend ten years loving people to Christ. This won’t just be a Bible Institute; it will be a full-blown Bible College.

It will take time and resources to make this vision a reality; but I sincerely believe that the way to reach the South Pacific region lies in this ministry. Most importantly, I know that God is leading in this direction.

Christ said, “Go ye into ALL the world, and preach the gospel to EVERY creature.”
Let’s go get them ALL.