SOVEREIGN GRACE BAPTIST MISSION
International – Papua New Guinea / Malawi Africa
P.O. Box 60150 Ndirande Bt. 6 Blantyre Malawi /
P.O. Box 233 - Mt Hagen (WHP) Papua New Guinea
Missionary / Evangelist:  Peter A. Halliman
Email: panagioite042gmail.com
Website:  sgbm-malawi-africa.com

 

Date:   21st July 2019

Dear Pastor, Church, Supporters;

Ec 8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity.
Ec 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
Ec 8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:

This report is being written from my home at the Tanggi Mission Station, here in Papua New Guinea, I have finally made it home, whatever that is supposed to mean anymore!

I departed Mt. Hagen on Sat the 20th of July, the vehicle was packed with food and supplies, extra fuel, amongst other things.  Being that I had been gone for nearly eight months, I was not sure what I would find when reaching home. 

There has been a lot of tribal fighting between Huli clansmen and the carnage would be on a biblical scale.  Most of you will only read of such events and or hear some news in a faraway country about such things, however for me it’s real and I live amongst these people.

The recent killings brought International condemnation from Australia, New Zealand, the U.N. and various NGO’s calling for the Prime Minister (who is a Huli Tribesmen himself) to take effective action in order to bring these mass killings under control.

There is one road in and one road out from the Mission station to Mt. Hagen where I do most of my shopping, banking, internet communications etc. and it is this road that is often seized by these same indigenous personnel.

The one and true answer to all this is – [SIN – Unrestrained], there are numerous accounts throughout the world, and history where people have had ungoverned, unrestricted, and free reign to do, perform and act out the natural desires of the sinful nature that (all men) are born with and controlled by unless GOD performs a supernatural work of HIS grace within that individual. 

Judges 21:25 (KJV) In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

The only reason this type of carnage is not seen in what we call (developed countries / whatever that is supposed to mean?) is because of the laws of the land where restrictions are in force to curb these natural appetites of savagery.

PNG is a land of many Tribes eight hundred fifty, the population just over eight million, the Capitol city (Port Moresby) located on the coast, no roads from the Highlands to and fro, accessible by air only.  The seat of the Government being far from the heart of PNG – (Highlands) and often another world away.  Oil companies, Embassies, National Gov, Internet, Five-star hotels, and the life-style of the developed world has settled in Port Moresby.

Connect the dots as I deliberate, and you will see a vivid picture of what is truly going on here.

It has only been from the days of my father’s ministry 1960’ that many tribal people here in the Highlands were still in the ‘stone axe’ age.  Steel axe’s and shovels were ‘state of the art’ engineering for PNG. 

Tribal wars were common as the day, the weapons were bows and arrows, mixed with superstition, witchcraft, and the desire to rule.

The age of the missionaries, 1950’ to 1980’ – most of the older generation missionaries packed it in handed over to the indigenous people to carry on.

The government changed from Australia’s rule to independence for PNG in Sep 1975.  Were they ready? No, but for how long is a country to be nursed? 

A nation of people who only knew tribal war and peace through stiff fighting, was thrust into a system so foreign to them that it was bound for problems.  No union of the Tribes, division, jealously, and constant suspension of ‘foul play’ (witchcraft) were ingredients for a troubled nation.

PNG being rich in natural resources it was a matter of time before the ‘big boys’ came in oil companies, gold mining companies etc… the ‘love for money’(1 Timothy 6:10) “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

With the absence of the older generation missionaries, the rise of business venture and capital gain the surge of the ‘gold rush’ copper mining etc… it was not long until the quest for power, money, and dominance became the mission.

Constant struggle to maintain a stable government, Australia was no longer willing to assist except under Administration purposes.  Machinery, money, and technology was quickly finding its way into PNG and touching remote areas, which had no ‘building blocks’ to link their generation to this ‘new thing’ which, affected and touched the lives of many.

The Bougainville crises (civil war) over the copper mine (again the love for money) took thousands of lives, and after ten years of heavy fighting and a stalemate, a truce was made.

Most of the funding to develop the infrastructure of PNG Highlands came by way of the Bougainville copper mine. 

A new generation of people were exposed to machinery, vehicles, electric, plumbed water, towns and aeroplanes, sealed roads, T.V. mobile phones, and finally the internet.  No restrictions, no schooling, no red flags, no limits and no prohibitions, unrestrained free-range of sell-will.  Whatever could be found and accessed on the internet via a smart phone it was accessed.

Romans 1:21 “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

The turn of the new century, people from all over PNG, remote villages, deep inside the jungles of a primitive land, unknown to the ‘developed world’ a country that had known head-hunting and cannibalism as late as the seventies (some say it still is active) just more obscure (??)

Bows and arrows gave way to modern weaponry (guns) through corrupt police departments and corrupt soldiers the firearms and munitions soon found their way into villages and indigenous personnel.  Rivalry between Tribal clansmen and warring tribes became unstoppable and unprecedented for PNG, on a scale that had never been seen.  The government was now unable to control or supress the fighting’s, killings, and destruction of property. 

Though at times the military was dispatched, and their special units of Police were sent in to a troubled area, they were sorely out-gunned and out manned, the under-developed Highlands with only one road in and out, proved to be more than the PNG government could contain.

The oil companies’ personnel were contained within their fortified quarters and air-lifted in and out.  The Politicians rarely visited their electorates other than time for elections.  Police were ineffective and the military were outnumbered. 

Therefore, over the past years the Highlands Highway as it is called (a seven-metre-wide) road, partly tarred, (many miles) only gravel, dirt and potholed, riveted with river-bed stones, this road became the target of much criminal activity. 

Vehicles were roadblocked held up at gunpoint, robbed, women raped, and vehicles often seized at gunpoint.

Beatle-nut, and alcohol mixture produces a concoction that cannot be reasoned with, those under this mixture of chemical influence will stop at nothing to get what they want. 

To take a human life is nothing more than tossing a banana skin.

The Natives of PNG may be simple in many ways, but they are not stupid, they have witnessed for well over twenty-five years now, how oil companies, gold mining companies, natural gas companies, a corrupt government have collaborated together to rape the land and leave the majority of the populace stranded and worse off in many ways.

This has ignited a fuse for revenge and retaliation to anyone who they see as a threat to their land and people.  In past generations the tribal fighting has always been a way of life, however there was some form of respect or ‘code of ethics’ that were followed and honoured, the generation now knows nothing about, nor cares for any code of conduct. 

Someone becomes offended, or gets sideways with another, and a life is taken, retaliation breaks out.  No child, woman, or man is ‘off limits’ now a days.  It is this arena that I find myself living in working for the cause of Christ.

Land disputes, compensation pay-outs, personal strife and offenses have imploded, mixed with drugs, alcohol, an unrestrained appetite for violence, fuelled by videos, T.V. movies, and the internet, together with corrupt politicians, police and military personnel have almost completely eroded society of any moral values and human principle.

Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

The area that I live and work within, has little to no exposure to government rule and or authority, therefore it is incumbent upon tribal leaders, to try and contain the lawlessness. 

It is only through the bold and unashamed stand for GOD’S Word, the preaching of the Word of GOD without fear or favour, and living amongst these people that I see the power of GOD’S WORD having an effect upon people’s lives and subduing the evil that is on every side.

2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Every day is a new day here in PNG, as is the mercies of our great GOD and Saviour new every morning.  My simply request for you is if GOD should bring to your remembrance that you would pray with me that our LORD would bring salvation to those who are held captive by Satan, it is only then that peace will come to that soul.

I do what I can and need to do physically to take every precaution, and commit to our LORD that which, I cannot control and or do.

Psalm 115:11 (KJV) Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

 I want to thank each of you for your sacrificial support and prayers. 

In His Name,

 

Peter A. Halliman


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