Missionary News

Gary and Verda Keck, Papua New Guinea

Posted on September 3, 2010

“Our 6 months stateside furlough is over” “Back in Papua New Guinea. I cannot believe that it is five weeks since our arrival here in PNG. Our trip from the coast to Wau reminded us of the necessity for the gospel and the peace it brings to souls. As we approached Bulolo the nearest town to Wau and where we pick up our mail, my attention was focused on the burned out houses. Normally the road would be filled with people going and coming, but this time not even a dog or pig was to be seen. For the next 4 miles on both sides of the road what used to be flourishing villages had become piles of blackened, twisted metal and ashes caused by recent ethnic clashes between the local people and squatters from the Sepik area. The atmosphere is tense with further talk of future clashes; we are in no danger as these clashes are strictly between the people.”

“Ministry at #6. Attendance declined in our absence. I suspect that the tribal fighting in Bulolo had something to do with it. We are putting more emphasis on visitation and praying for increase. Last Sunday we had three visitors and I am encouraged with plans to begin our Wednesday afternoon service again. Some of the leaders in Wandumi Village have said that they do not want us to ever have to close the church again and will do what they can to see that tribal disagreements will not affect the church .”

“Wau Baptist Bible Training Center. The graduates of our Bible School are gone to their respective ministries. One man took a Baptist church in Popondetta. Four other men went back to their villages and are now pastoring. We have 10 men with families and 5 single men who have said they will be coming from all around the country.”

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