Monthly Mission Focus: News from Rachel Knight
There is so much to say about the work that God is doing here in Papua New Guinea, it’s hard to know where to start. Each week I have the privilege of hearing reports about how the gospel is being taken out to people who’ve never heard before. I hear of progress being made in translating the bible into a language that was previously not even written down, about people being taught to read in preparation for having scripture in their own language, and about tribal believers planning to take the message of the g o s p e l o u t
neighbouring villages. I hope you, my partners in the gospel, are excited to be a part of the work here in Papua New Guinea as you have supported me faithfully over the last two years.
With regards to the work here, of taking the gospel out to the people of PNG, there is so much to pray for. In my time here I have had the privilege of visiting two tribal groups, and it is these
groups that I will focus my prayer points on here; the Mengen and the Akolet language groups.
There are now around 40 believers in the village, many of whom have been recently baptised. It is an exciting time for the church there as they are currently being taught through the book of Romans for the first time and they are learning about being clothed in the righteousness of Christ. One new believer commented after the last message on Romans 3:20- 22; “Jesus has done so much for me, I am amazed that I don’t have to do anything for him.” The new Christians are so thirsty for God’s word and excited about what they are learning for the first time.
The new church is facing much opposition from members of the ‘cargo cult’ who blame any misfortune that members of the village have on the Christians. They claim that the new believers have displeased the spirits by abandoning their old
beliefs. A young girl, the daughter of one of the believers, recently died of meningitis, and the family chose not to call upon the services of the witch doctor, but instead to use the hospital. Despite our prayers, God chose not to heal their daughter and the villagers are saying th e y co u l d h a v e prevented her death by calling upon the witch doctor to appease the spirits. This is incredibly hard for this new church and I know they would value your prayers.
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chronological teaching. Many have attended the teaching sessions and the missionaries there are encouraged by the questions they have been asked. It would be wonderful to remember the missionaries at Akolet in your prayers as they begin to introduce these people to the gospel. Please pray for wisdom for them in knowing how to respond to questions and pray that God would be working in the hearts of the people there, drawing them into a saving relationship with himself.
The Malango School
I have been teaching English at the Missionary Kid school here in PNG for the past two years. It has been a pleasure to develop relationships with the kids here that involve encouraging one another through the word as well as normal t e a c h e r - s t u d e n t interactions. The English curriculum that I have been working on is almost complete and we now need to pray for another English teacher to teach it in the years to come.
Prayers as I return to the UK
There have certainly been m a n y s u r p r i s e s throughout my time here but I can say with confidence that God has taught me a great deal about his faithfulness and about the sufficiency of his grace. I thank you all for the many ways you have supported me throughout my time here, through your prayers, finances and sending me letters and goodies in the post. I’d appreciate your prayers as I begin to focus on returning to the UK and all of the adjustments I will need to make. Please pray particularly as I search for a teaching job to begin in September.
Thank you again, and see you soon!
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