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“Iyuvay! Iyuvay!” I heard the desperate cry again and again as I sat huddled against the bush hut wall. Just a mere three feet from where I sat lay the body surrounded by a new group of mourners. “Margaret,” I whispered with tears in my own eyes, “what does ‘iyuvay’ mean?” She replied, “It means, ‘sorry’.” His name was Andrew and this was his haus krai. He was from the village of Pangoni, a grueling 8-hour hike from our village. Pangoni – no roads, no airstrips, no aid posts, and no one trying to reach them with the Gospel. Andrew loved his people and did all he could to help them. He had been asking for years for us to send someone to start a church in his village.
His parting words to us were often, “Don’t forget my people!” And now he was dead. He had sat on our clinic porch just the day before to get another supply of medicine for his chronic asthma, none of us ever imagining that he would die before the next sunrise. Praise the Lord, he was a believer, so although we grieved it was not as others who have no hope. But as I sat there, I couldn’t help but wonder if I might not one day grasp Andrew’s glorified body and cry out as these mourners, “Iyuvay, Andrew! Iyuvay!” “Iyuvay! Iyuvay!” We could not carry the Gospel to your village. It was too far away, too remote. There was no airstrip there. “Iyuvay! Iyuvay!” Men, women, and children from your village,
for whom Christ died and shed His blood, died and went to a Christ-less eternity, because there was no one there to help meet their physical needs and prolong their lives until they could hear the Gospel. No one to show them Christ’s love with skin on. “Iyuvay! Iyuvay!” We had not even a Bible portion or Gospel tract to send to your village so that they could know God’s Talk was for them, too. Nor did we have anyone to come and teach them how to read it had it been written. “Iyuvay! Iyuvay!” There was no preacher to start a church in your village. No one to teach them what was really Truth. “Iyuvay, Andrew! Iyuvay!”
– Sarah Glover
Papua New Guinea: 6.2 Million Souls 860 Languages 178,765 Square Miles Literacy: 32% Life Expectancy: 50 years Catholicism and ancestor worship
A vibrant, indigenous church is our ultimate goal in all we do. We train men to be local church leaders. These men are encouraged to start churches of their own, and to train others as well. Men are taught four days a week, for four hours each day in our Bible Institute at Kotidanga. Upon graduation, they then are encouraged to pastor and start churches in their own language groups. Ten men have graduated from the three year program at the Bible Institute while six men are currently attending.
“…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18
Four Baptist churches have been started by American missionaries Sixteen Baptist churches have been started by Kamea believers
Stats from June 2010 – June 2011 227 flight hours 346 takeoffs and landings 3,412 gallons of Avgas consumed 18,751 miles covered Equivalent time to walk the same distance: 1,181 days.
Missionary Aviation is a vital part of our churchplanting ministry in Papua New Guinea. Days of hiking are shortened to minutes by air. We are looking for pilots with a minimum 500 hours total time, a commercial pilot’s license, and an A&P license – but more importantly, we are looking for pilots that want to reach people with the Gospel. We regularly fly missionaries, national pastors, and patients to-and-from airstrips that average 1,500 feet in length, while maintaining a high standard of safety.
“…so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named…” – Romans 15:20
“Does God understand my language? Can He understand my prayers?” For many people groups, thoughts and ideas about God come through someone else’s vernacular. The reason: There is no Bible in their heart language. Bible translators labor to learn these difficult tongues. They devote their lives to comprehending the culture and mindset of the people with whom they work. They yearn to give clear expression of the very words of the living God in the people’s own “talk”. Bible translators need an ear for language, an eye for accuracy, a spirit for God, and a heart for people. Would you spend your life that others might hear clearly?
4400 languages world-wide without any Scripture portion at all Speakers of these languages: 634 million (Statistics from: JoshuaProject.net)
“…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” – John 1:14
Out in the mountainous jungle of Papua New Guinea, people live and die, often without medical care. Kunai Health Centre is the home base for the demonstration of Jesus’ ministry, following His example of preaching, teaching and healing. We have a daily clinic; we do preand postnatal care; we deliver babies; we give childhood immunizations. We are a TB center, a vision clinic, and a medical education school. If you are a trained medical professional, we need you. Come get a vision of what the Lord is doing…and then consider being a part of it.
“And of some have compassion, making a difference:” – Jude 22
Kunai Health Centre treated over 9,300 patients in 2010 The Gospel is shared daily via audio recordings, visual displays and personal witness.
We began our â€œmilk babyâ€? program to meet the need of malnourished infants. When mothers have died, or a mother is unable to provide milk, the infant formula gives these precious babies the nutrients they need to develop normally in their first year of life.
Matt & Becky Allen
John & Selina Allen
Josh & Rebecca Florence
Matt and Becky Allen have been working in Papua New Guinea since 2003. Their heartâ€™s desire is to see tribal people come to know Jesus Christ. They both graduated from Piedmont Baptist College in North Carolina. Matt is currently the director of TTMK and can be reached best by email.
Since early 2008, John & Lena Allen have served in Papua New Guinea among the Kamea people of Gulf Province. Lenaâ€™s medical ministry reaches thousands of people each year, while John is involved in church planting, training national leaders, and Bible translation.
Josh and Rebecca Florence have been called to plant churches among unreached people groups in Papua New Guinea. Josh completed his Master of Divinity at Pensacola Theological Institute, and he desires to evangelize and train local men to plant and pastor their own churches in their native language. Rebecca received her nursing degree from Pensacola Christian College and desires to start medical clinics to open doors for the Gospel. They are sent out of Resurrection Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida.
They are from Landmark Independent Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, their home church since 1981. You may reach them at email@example.com
The Allens are sent by Landmark Independent Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.
Meet the team
John & Marciana Gillispie
Wil & Trina Muldoon
John and Marciana Gillispie are called to the unreached Akoye tribe of Papua New Guinea. They are both graduates of Pensacola Christian College, and are sent out of Victory Baptist Church in Milton, Florida. John has a desire to start churches, while translating materials for the future Akoye believers.
Sarah Glover arrived in Kotidanga in April of 2010. She serves with TTMK in the areas of Bible Translation, literacy, childrenâ€™s ministries, and the training of national women for these ministry areas. She is sent out of Sturgis Baptist Church in Sturgis, Michigan.
Wil and Trina Muldoon are called to work among the Orokolo people of the Ihu area of the Gulf Province. After pastoring a church in Wyoming for 16 years, Wil and Trina plan to use their experience in church leadership to begin starting churches and training national pastors among the Orokolo. Wil and Trina both graduated from Baptist Bible Translators Institute in Bowie, Texas.
Email: john_ firstname.lastname@example.org
Her email address is: email@example.com
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org TheUnfinishedTask.com
Jason and Cherith Ottosen We are the Ottosen family. We are sent by Faith Baptist Church in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, under the ministry of Pastor David Cashman. We are called to reach the Kamea people through language development, literacy work, evangelism, Bible translation, and church-planting. Our email is Jason@ThatTheyMayKnow.com ThatTheyMayKnow.com
Andrew & Rachel Schellenberger Rachel and I have been ministering with the Allens in Papua New Guinea since May 2010. We worked most of that time as single-missionary interns, and God used our internships to bring us together. We were married in the Fall of 2011, and now we are serving the Lord together here in PNG. I am currently involved in churchplanting, teaching in our local Bible School, and doing general maintenance and construction. Rachel is involved in the medical ministry as well as childrenâ€™s ministry. Our sending church is Homestead Baptist Church in Cheyenne, WY; and we can be reached by email at email@example.com ThatTheyMayKnow.com
Kyle & Bonnie Shell
Kyle, Bonnie, and Zechariah Shell are sent by Sweet Springs Baptist Church in Ardmore, Alabama. Kyle has a background as a paramedic and Bonnie is a licensed practical nurse (LPN). The Shell family has a desire to serve God in an unreached tribe in Papua New Guinea, in a church-planting role, using their medical experience to draw people to Jesus Christ. Kyle can be reached at Kyle@ReachPNG.com ReachPNG.com
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Short Term Helper • Available and teachable • 3 weeks to 2 months • 1 year internships • Use your skills for His glory
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Ministry Partner • Project-oriented, one-time gifts • Monthly commitments • Gift annuities and planned giving • Tangible helps (medical supplies, general supplies etc.) See ThatTheyMayKnow.com for details about any of these options.
Career Missionary • Trained preachers of the Gospel • Healthcare professionals • Pilots with minimum 500 hours, commercial license, A&P license, and a desire to reach people with the Gospel
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“That they may know that this is thy hand; that Thou, LORD, hast done it.” PNG address: P.O. Box 372, Ukarumpa, EHP 444 Papua New Guinea That They May Know is a ministry of Landmark Independent Baptist Church 6502 Johnsontown Road, Louisville, KY 40272 Phone: 502.933.3000
Recruitment brochure for That They May Know - the need for more missionaries in Papua New Guinea