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. What better way to reach PNG than with her own? I want to train our own young people and send them with a passion into the interior of our land.

Do we need missionaries out here in the jungles? Of course. Will the missionaries be the only ones able to get the job done? By no means!

With that said, I’d like to promote our Helicopter Project. This tool would be used just like your church’s bus, or pastor’s minivan (or Harley). Actually, that’s quite a simplistic view of it, so take about 3 minutes and watch this video that better explains it. In a nutshell, these unreached tribes lie in areas far beyond the reach of roads–and the next two lie in ares where there are no airstrips!

My leaving Kotidanga only places me in a better position to be able to TRAIN and SEND more, while GOING myself. Or, as Paul said to the church at Rome, in Romans 15:24, “…for I trust to…be brought on my way…”