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:   29th May 2020

Dear Pastor, Church, Supporters;

Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Part Three (3);             Continued from Part Two (2)

After saying our good-byes to those behind we set off to the next point (Hengenapu Bap church) three hours hike up the next mountain.  Nothing here is ever easy, and no such thing as ‘flat landing’ it’s all uphill or down, and a whole lot of in-between.  The paths are not just straight cut but often times V-shaped or cut into the mountain sides, meaning it’s a constant jumping back and forth one side to another.

We arrived at the top, and with not much daylight left, I began to set up camp again, it is a struggle and challenge to keep those who are somewhat closer to me, disciplined to take care of business when needed, most of these people never grow up with any type of ‘disciplined’ home life, time means nothing to these people and they simply live for the moment.  This doesn’t work well with someone who tries to maintain some form of discipline and timetable, but none the less I still keep my schedule regardless.

Nightfall was soon upon us and my bush-bath was in the rain, at six thousand feet elevation the night rains are very cool and if it had not been that I was muddy from the hike, I believe I would have called it a night and bathed in the morning.  The Natives sleep with fires burning all night and don’t see the need for a night bath, I do, and did!

The day had been full for me and like most of the bush patrols I don’t need any help going to sleep.

Early morning hours I was awakened by the birds, coffee was made, and I started my day at 0500 hrs.  Still dark, but soon would break daylight, it is hard for me to make usage of my quiet morning hours (meaning study) simply because I only carry a small solar light about the size of a large coffee mug, it packs easily and provides sufficient light within the tent.

Day – 3  (22nd April 2020) –

Before daybreak some of the charter members – mostly women, came to me and informed me of their intention to have a traditional mumu – I don’t have much to say except I will assist where I can.  By day break, the hogs were brought in, killed and preparations were started for the (mumu).  Since I have become accustomed to their ways and system, I am often asked to assist with the detail involved in organising the groups of people and how the meat will be divided up. 

There is always a lot of commotion and to an untrained eye one would think that it is more noise and confusion than anything else, but not so, they have their own way of sorting through the workers, some bringing in food, some manning the fires, some heating the stones, some preparing the pit and so on and so on.

After enough noise, running to and fro, after enough shouting and doing the food is finally put into the earth oven and set for the next two hours or so depending on the heat of the stones and amount of food.  There is an art to cooking the food in a earth oven, but these people have been doing this for generations.

The time is to clean up and prepare for church, I had prepared for this and once all were ready, the church was rapidly filled and some were forced to sit outside the building, however here in PNG, most of the time that is not a problem because the walls do not go all the way up to the roof and with an opening all the way around, folks can sit on the outside and still hear the preaching. 

The church service lasted nearly two hours, and when we were ready to conclude the services there was business that needed to be conducted and they asked me to lead them, this of course is done by church vote and order.  I led their business for them, and the pastor whom they had for the past year, has become ill and wanted to return to his home village near the Tanggi mission station – so the church graciously accept his resignation and asked me to make their need (for a pastor) known to the American people that you may (if the LORD should bring into your remembrance to pray for the (Hengenapu Bap church) that the LORD would provide a pastor for her in HIS time.  There were some members whom they voted to exclude (when was the last time? You the reader, recall where one of our kind of churches excluded) a member for non-attendance?  These Baptist churches here take church attendance seriously.  Some of the older preachers reading this report, may recall a time when our kind of Baptist took (spiritual adultery) seriously, when was the last time you heard a message on this, (Mr. Preacher) is there such a thing?

Church members and pastors are quick (and should be) to act on the act of physical adultery) what about the spirit’s part?  What was Israel’s sin for the cause that GOD divorced Israel? (Jeremiah 3:8) “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.”

Other excluded church members came, asked for forgiveness and to be reinstated, of which, they were.  Two were saved and the church voted for their baptism to be conducted at the Bible Conference where they would also be granted membership and receive the right hand of fellowship.

The church service was lengthy but needful and was a blessing to see GOD at work even here within this small church of mostly women sitting atop a mountain within the Duna area of the Hela Province of PNG.

The food was ready to be resurrected and the people were ready to eat, we all changed clothes and as I was appointed the one whom would call out the cuts and amount of meat to be distributed so we have people sit in groups, mostly as to geographical origins  (where they are from).  It is a lengthy process but protocol.  By and by everyone was served and at last I was able to eat as well.  The rest of the day, we all spent in eating, and fellowship and rejoicing in GOD’S blessings.

To be continued… End of Part Three (3)

In His Name;

 

Missionary Peter A. Halliman