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Papua New Guinea

The Gogodala people live deep in the sago swamps of the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.

Ministering to the Gogodala people since 2004

About the People

The Gogodala people live deep in the sago swamps of the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. Approximately 25,000 men, women and children live in 30 villages stretched out on ridges of land that rise above large lagoons. They build their homes from split palm branches and cover them with thatched roofs made from sago palm leaves.

Missionaries have worked among the Gogodala for more than 60 years, trying to establish an indigenous church among the people. Yet, Gogodala men and women have shared that they never gave up their spirit traditions when they became “Christians.” Instead, they merged the two belief systems, often asking God to bless them before they conduct their spirit ceremonies. Please pray that the Gogodala people will come to a true understanding of God’s love and care for them.