There are over 850 languages in Papua New Guinea, and a majority of them have yet to receive the Bible in their own language. There is a lot of injustice in our world today - slavery, hunger, racism, abortion, poverty - but we believe that the greatest injustice is that there are over 3 billion people in the world that will live and die without ever hearing the name of Jesus. We desire to play a small role in what God is doing among the nations.
The goal is to plant a self-sustaining, indigenous church amongst an unreached people group in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Throughout the process, we will learn their language & culture, translate the Bible into their language, and disciple the tribal people until they have a mature understanding of Christ's work on the cross.
We are currently in training at Ethnos 360’s Missionary Training Center in Missouri from 2017-2019. Here, we will learn all of the necessary skills to a plant church in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
ORIENTATION IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Upon completion of training, we will transition into six months of field-orientation. Here, we will continue learning practical church planting tools, and begin surveying potential tribes to move into.
ALLOCATION INTO A TRIBE
Once we have chosen a tribe and formed a team of two other families, we will begin the work of sawing milling lumber to build our home. This process can take around 3-6 months, and once completed, we will be able to move into our future home in the tribe!
CULTURE & LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (CLA)
Once moved in, we will begin the process of simultaneously learning the culture & language of the tribe. This process can take anywhere from 2-10 years.
LITERACY CLASSES & TRANSLATION
Once we are fluent in the tribal culture and language, we will develop a written alphabet for the language and begin literacy classes to teach the people how to read and write in their native tongue.
Once the beginning books of the Bible are translated, the next phase of the work is the chronological teaching of the Bible, from Adam to Christ. This is an exciting 6 months of teaching as we lead up to the Gospel presentation.
At the end of the chronological teaching is the presentation of the Gospel and the birth of the new church. After years of waiting, the tribal people will finally learn about Jesus.
TEACHING & DISCIPLESHIP
As the Gospel takes root and the church begins to grow and mature, our team will continue teaching and discipleship as we hope to see future leaders emerge.
CHURCH ELDERS ESTABLISHED
As the church grows, a team of elders, leaders, and teachers are appointed. Here, the goal is to establish a self-sustaining, mature, indigenous church that is more effective on its own to reach neighboring tribes than the missionaries.
BIBLE TRANSLATION COMPLETE
After phasing out of the tribe, we will continue translating the New Testament remotely from one of Ethnos 360's headquarters in the country. Once completed, we will hold a Bible dedication service and hand them God's Word in their own language.