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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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

From a Camp to a Campus

Having completed Bible School classes in Kotidanga for the 2013 class, it is now time for us to focus on building in Port Moresby. The backhoe is almost finished clearing the land, and we are now at peace to move forward.

We had another clan claim ownership to the land that we have purchased for the new ministry; however God miraculously made hearts tender, and we settled that issue today. Tomorrow, we return to Kotidanga to spend our last Christmas with the Kamea people.

Lord willing, I will return to Port Moresby on Monday, December 30 to setup a “camp” on the land. This will be a shelter, where I will live along with several other local men as we begin to lay the foundation for our new house. Right now, there is nothing on the land–we don’t have electricity, water, or any structure…it’s a blank canvas! We will put up a “tarp house” and carry water from a well down the road to wash and drink. This is the ultimate in a Camping Out experience!

December through March is the hottest time of the year here in PNG, and Port Moresby is one of the hottest cities in the country. We will go through a lot of water, but the plan is to load many 5 gallon containers in the back of the truck and drive them to the campsite. There, we will use it carefully, and refill them as often as necessary. But eventually, we need to get a well dug on site.

Twelve men have airline tickets ready for mid-February from Marlbrook Baptist Church in Raphine, Virginia. I’d like to have the foundation in the ground, and the block walls up before they arrive. That […]

This IS That.

r66-helicopter-project~s400x400Have you ever heard the expression “This is NOT that”? There are things in life that are not the same–day vs. night, Christianity vs. Islam, good vs. bad, yin vs. yang (whatever that is), airline coffee vs. Caramel Macchiato. I think you get the picture.

However, there are times in life when two things look different but actually work very well together. Think hot water and Starbucks Via!

Many times I’ve been referred to as a tribal missionary. I would prefer to be called a “missionary to tribal peoples,” but either way works. For the last ten years, we have been living in a remote area of Papua New Guinea, working among people that have only recently been introduced to mobile phones, and many of them are still wearing their first pair of trousers…a result of only having purchased them in the last few years; and having worn the same pair for the last few years.

With the recent news of our moving to Port Moresby to start the new ministry there, it has come to my attention that some people think we are no longer working with our beloved tribal people. O, friend, please do not be mistaken! It is actually the other way around.

For the last six years, I’ve been begging American Christians to look on the fields in the remote areas of the Gulf Province. But quite honestly, the population here grows faster than we can raise up/send missionaries into these areas. In the mean time, the “West” grows, expands, and infiltrates with its multitude of vices much faster than we could ever imagine.

The move to Moresby is a part of reaching our remote locations. […]

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 […]