Church Visit {PNG}

Papua New Guinea, Church, Madang, POC

 

Last Sunday we were able to visit our first Papua New Guinean church. Wow. What an amazing experience it was to worship with other believers in Tok Pisin. We hiked up the hill from our POC Centre and went to a Lutheran church. One of the main things that was different other than the language was the fact that all of the men sat on one side of the building and all of the women sat on the other side. That was different! Our class learned a song in Tok Pisin that we sang in front of the whole church and Evan was able to play his guitar for that. It was an open air church, full of people, even spilling out the doors. There were even a few dogs who joined the service at times! Lots of the kids hung outside the windows listening to the message and everyone was very welcoming and kind. They all wanted to know our names and where we came from.

Before the service started one of the missionaries, Verna, who has been here in this area for 37 years asked me if I wanted to see something cool. Of course I did! So she took me to the Sunday school class just across the path where all of the kids were singing. It was amazing hearing the kids rejoicing God in their own language.

Later that night we had a special treat. A couple of the local guys from the church were invited to come sing in their own language (one of the 850+ languages in the country!) to our group. Wow. They were so talented. And what was even cooler was that Evan was able to play his guitar with the guys and learn their music! They also sang with Evan and I as we led worship. It was definitely one of those moments you could feel God in the room.

Here are a few pictures of the church service that morning.

PNGNobNobChurch_01PNGNobNobChurch_02Waiting for church to start. There is no “set” time the church starts, its just when everyone gets there. Here you can see the girls sit on one side and the guys sit on the other side.

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Papua New Guinea, POC, Madang, Church

 

121 Community Church CD Release Party

This weekend our church, 121 Community Church, had a party to release their newest CD, “Here”. All of the proceeds from the night went to World Relief- a nonprofit that helps refugees in the area. It was a blast hearing all of their new original songs. We absolutely love our church-they have been so supportive of us and our mission efforts. I really don’t think we could’ve done all of this without them! Here are a few photos I took at their concert.121CommunityChurch, CD Release party, Here, Concert, Music, Church, Grapevine121CommunityChurch, CD Release party, Here, Concert, Music, Church, Grapevine

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