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

Tanggi Mission Station –North Koroba, Hela Province, PNG

Missionary / Evangelist:  Peter A. Halliman

Email: panagioite042gmail.com

Website:  sgbm-malawi-africa.com



 

Date:   26th May 20120

Dear Pastor, Church, Supporters;

Sovereign Grace Baptist Mission - Mission report for April 2020

Dear Pastor, Church, and supporters;

Part Two - SGBM - Mission report for April - (special series)

2 Corinthians 10:16  To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.

The hike from the Tanggi mission station to this point A (Ekanda Bap Church)  was seven hours hike and one of the hardest I have made in the past years.  I am not as old as some of you reading, but older than some, and at the end of the day I am not nineteen any longer and my recovery time is longer.

 I have often laid awake at night in different parts of the world for various reasons, however even the mind becomes fatigued here in the hiking, it is a continuous strain on the entire body, the mind must stay focused and eye, hand, leg coordination is vital in this part of the world, any small mistake could cost you much bodily harm, and even death.

That night, I had taken my bucket bath, the water was not as clean as I would have wished, but cleaner than I was, so choose between the lesser of the two evils!

Day No. 2 (17th April 2020)

 The morning started early, there isn’t any T.V., no radio’s no movies, no town square, or places of amusement, no outside distractions, the men sit in the men’s house and talk until they fall asleep, the women sit in the women’s house (s) and do likewise, I am the only one who has somewhat of a different lifestyle, pattern, habits, and or customs.  Therefore, for me after enough talk has been given, I call it a day and go to my tent and spend the night in quietness.

 0600 hrs, it normally breaks daylight, and for me its coffee time, one thing PNG can boast about is the quality of their coffee, its dark, robust, rich and smooth even it its strength. 

Breakfast most often is restricted to sweet potatoes cooked in the ashes of the fires.  I do carry some food for myself in the bush, but his is restricted to non-perishable items like rice, tin fish, nuts, peanut-butter, crackers, salt, coffee, tea etc…

Most of the diet I just rely on local cuisine, pig, sweet-potatoes, greens of all types, pumpkin, taro, (a root) full of fluoride, etc. etc.  One can become filled and satisfy even with the basics of life.

The morning was under way, I had my bush-bath and prepared for church.  The schedule was to include preaching, and then the church wanted me to assist them in a business meeting to vote for a pastor.

A group of over one hundred people gathered, (not all members) but some whom came in my party (58) others who were members of nearby Bap churches and then some of the members of Ekanda Bap church.

The message was preached and then business conducted, they had already one man (a man whom has been more of a Missionary) whom they wanted to nominate.  I assisted the church in their business and as stated they asked this man (Anago) if he would accept the position as pastor, he did accept and by unanimous vote was appointed pastor.

The church service lasted just over two hours, so the afternoon was still early enough for us to pack up and hike up the next mountain to where we would overnight and have church services with the Hengenapu Bap church, it was organised back in the early 80’s and mostly through the years, has struggled to keep a pastor, simply because of the isolation and deep within the Duna area. 

They have had a pastor off and on through the years, but the man whom was responsible for the long term pastorship, died back in the mid-80’ when I was here before.  The church being a strong church, but mostly the women folk have looked to it and kept it going. 

We broke camp, packed and ready to depart Ekanda, the time was around 1500 hrs (3 pm) it would take us nearly three hours to reach point B. 

 

To be continued….

Missionary Peter A. Halliman