Last Monday morning before sunrise Gary, Sam, and Amos set their sights on Nuku Station located in the Sandaun province. Trips have been taken to this area previously, but they were headed to new outlying areas around Nuku Station. After a couple of stops along the way, they arrived mid afternoon. A meeting with an older Christian Brotherhood Church (CBC) missionary proved helpful as he linked local PNG men with the team to guide them to the other language groups.
They designed a plan of action. Both groups needed to drive and then hike to different parts of the area. Hiking in other areas has been challenging in the past, but this hiking seemed to take things to a new level. Some trails were narrow with significant drop offs on each side. Others were steep – here they call them “hand leg” mountains. Using your hands and legs, you just keep moving up the mountain. Going down those mountains is a different challenge all of its own.
Some roads exist in this area, although a few partial days of rain made the mud packed roads very slick. Before the trip, we asked people to pray for dry weather because we knew the rain could make the road impassable. Instead of answering our prayers for dry weather, God chose to increase our prayer lives and our faith. As they returned to Wewak on Saturday, the trip was anything but quiet. However, after many prayers and some anxious moments, the weary travelers arrived home safely late Saturday night.
Heading in two different directions, the group was able to visit eleven different villages during the week. Many of the villages were excited to hear about the work happening in the Sepik region. Some of the communities have been asking for help for many years. Plans were shared regarding the upcoming Oral Bible Storytelling (OBS) workshops to begin in 2017. They discussed logistics and who would be the best people to come and get the training. Usually a Bible story similar to what is taught in an OBS workshop was shared so they could get a picture of what could be learned.
Still more villages need to be contacted in December. Pray that the people who came to the meetings would choose the right participants for the workshops. Pray that they have a real hunger for knowing God more as they begin to hear Bible stories in their heart language. Pray that God’s Word would go out through clear teaching and be well understood.