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Papua New Guinea: new church among Siar people hosts tribes conference

A new church planted among the Siar people of Papua New Guinea is bearing fruit more than a year on, reports New Tribes Mission ...

Bible teaching and evangelism among the Siar people of Papua New Guinea in 2011 climaxed with a presentation of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ on 3 October. On that day a number of Siar people came to faith in Christ. Some 14 months later the new Siar church hosted a three-day conference for churches from three other tribal and language groups!

New Tribes Mission's Aimee Hedrick, who with her husband works with the Tigak people, reports:

"Tigak believers have just returned from their first ever believers’ church conference and it was awesome, with four tribes represented at the conference."

Aimee and her Tigak group travelled by boat for 30 minutes to town from their island and then crammed into a small truck for two and a half hours. After that, they switched to a big truck and rode for another four hours to a village of the Patpatar people. After spending the night there, they then had a further three-hour boat trip to Siar the following day.

After one or two days of travelling various distances on bumpy dirt roads or by boat, the believers from these three tribes arrived in Siar and were assigned in groups to stay with different believers from the Siar church.

Siar believers had been preparing for weeks. Homes were prepared, sleeping mats and food had been gathered and everything was ready to host their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Thursday evening kicked off with a fellowship meal and the teaching was then shared by three missionaries and two Siar believers.

Hearing individual testimonies and songs in the four languages represented was challenging and encouraging to all the believers gathered.

When Sunday afternoon arrived, they all shared another meal together and the conference ended with another time of sharing.

One of the most moving events of  2011 was to see and hear a testimony of a Siar man the day he heard the Gospel. This is on a 5-minute DVD which is readily available from graham_castle@ntm.org

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