Solar-powered audio Bibles in PNG

In places where oral or auditory learning is preferred over reading, and where electricity is spotty or nonexistent, how is the Bible distributed?

With nifty solar-powered audio devices! Butch and Leatha Jenkins, missionaries in Papua New Guinea, posted these photos on Facebook. Although Pidgin is the trade language used throughout PNG, there are over 800 native languages spoken. Only 232 languages have the entire Bible or portions of the Bible translated. It is extremely powerful when a person hears the Word of God in his or her “heart language.” The devices below are loaded with a recently translated Bible version in a local language.

Solar audio Bibles

Solar audio Bibles charging

High School boys with audio Bible

High school-aged boys listening to the audio Bible.

 

 

A few fun videos

Welcome to 2015! The holidays have passed, Christmas decorations are being packed away, and resolutions are being made. It’s a hopeful time, as we reflect on all God has done for us in 2014 and look forward to what He will do in the coming year.

Today, we’re sharing links to fun little year-end videos from two of our missionary families.

Nathan and Cydil Waggoner, with their children Ellie and Reni, serve in Albania

Nathan and Cydil Waggoner, with their children Ellie and Reni, serve in Albania

From Nathan and Cydil Waggoner in Albania about their 2014: Goodbye, 2014!

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Benji and Erica Jenkins serve in Papua New Guinea with their children Mark, Cameron, Chloe, and Henry. They are currently on homeland ministry assignment.

 

From Benji and Erica Jenkins in Papua New Guinea: Christmas 2014

May you look towards 2015 with the peace and hope that Christ brings!

PNG Churches Celebrate 50 Years

On January 26, World Gospel Mission and Churches of Christ in Christian Union celebrated 50 years of ministry in Papua New Guinea. Since 1964, dozens of churches have been planted in several districts, clinics have been started, and the Christian Union Bible College was founded. It’s been wonderful to look back and see what God has done in this country! If you missed the 5o Days of Prayer for PNG campaign on Facebook, it’s not too late to Like the page and browse through the pictures and prayer requests.

Here are a few photos from the weekend celebration.

Believers from many churches gathered for a day of celebration.

Believers from many churches gathered for a day of celebration.

WGM's president, Hubert Harriman, was one of the speakers at the 50th celebration service.

WGM’s president, Hubert Harriman, was one of the speakers at the 50th celebration service.

Ladies enjoying fellowship  despite the rain at the 50th celebration.

Ladies enjoying fellowship despite the rain at the 50th celebration.

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Celebrating milestones like the 50th anniversary is wonderful, but the task is far from complete! If you are interested in service in Papua New Guinea on a long or short-term basis, check out the available ministry opportunities.