Orion & Keren Lawrence

Career Missionaries since 2014, serving the Ama people of Papua New Guinea.

We were both raised on mission stories, and as we entered our college years we felt God’s call to full-time mission service. We each spent time as student missionaries in PNG with AFM to confirm our call to lifelong mission service before starting life together as missionaries. Prior to joining AFM, we served as short-term missionaries in Zimbabwe, Nepal, Bangladesh and six years in India. We have been working among the Ama and May River peoples of PNG since October 2017.

Orion enjoys tinkering and fixing things, which comes in quite handy here in the bush. Keren has a love for all types of handicrafts. She is working on mastering the art of making bilums, the traditional string bag of PNG.

While many tribal groups live along the many rivers of the area, other smaller tribal groups live deeper into the jungle. Our dream is to see strong churches raised up throughout our region of PNG. In animistic cultures, it is often difficult for converts to fully separate themselves from the deep-seated customs of spirit manipulation and appeasement that filled their daily lives before they came to know Jesus as their Savior. Pray that we will hear and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we seek ways to disciple the Ama and May River peoples into new lives completely free from fear of the spirits.

Frontier Stories

Round-Trip to Vanimo

The starts and stops were jerky without a clutch, and we plodded along in first gear. Soon it began to rain.

By: Keren Lawrence
June 01 2023, 3:43 pm | Comments 0

The Road ­— a Call to Mission Service

The harvest truly is great around the entire globe. God is searching for people willing to share the gospel. Women and men are sitting along the road watching for you.

By: Keren Lawrence
March 01 2023, 9:10 am | Comments 0

The Lady Selling Soursop at Sundaun Market

The lady kept talking and pointing. I noticed “photo” was in her sentence.
One of the nearby vendors explained, “You do not understand her correctly. She wants you to take her picture.”

By: Keren Lawrence
December 01 2022, 3:05 pm | Comments 0

God’s Timing

“And I am stopping on the way to pick up the pastor who will be performing the baptisms.” The group on the other end of the line let out a cheer.

By: Keren Lawrence
October 01 2022, 2:41 pm | Comments 0

The Prayer Warrior

I woke up from my dream, resting in the assurance of God’s love, knowing that I am exactly where He wants me to be, and mindful of you, the prayer warriors, readers and supporters back home who are bringing us before God just like the kind stranger in my dream.

By: Keren Lawrence
August 01 2022, 9:44 am | Comments 0

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