Stephen & Laurie Erickson

Career Missionaries since 2007, serving the Gogodala people of Papua New Guinea.

We are Stephen and Laurie Erickson with our two daughters, Karin and Johanna. In 2003, after working as an architect for 20 years, I received a pink slip and suddenly was unemployed. But God provided me with small jobs to pay the bills while, unknown to me, He was preparing us for cross-cultural mission work. An elderly saint in our church said to Laurie one day, “Maybe God wants you to be missionaries. Do you get the AFM magazine?” I attended a Christian men’s conference and heard a fiery young preacher talk about the need for missionaries in unreached areas of the world. But it was another eight months before I started thinking seriously about AFM. One night, I experienced some serious doubts and prayed for clarity and assurance that God was leading. Before dawn the next morning, I woke up realizing I had just seen myself in heaven surrounded by a dozen PNG men thanking me for coming to share the gospel with them.
Now we’ve been working with the Gogodala people since 2007. We’re building a training-center campus that will also serve as a camp meeting facility. Twelve young men from Kewa village are helping us. None of them were church members before, but now, nearly all of them are baptized. Our plan is to use the training center to equip local missionaries to take the everlasting gospel to other villages up and down the Aramia River.

Frontier Stories

New Teammates

Please pray for the Sligers as they sell their home and raise a support team to launch them to the Gogodala Project. 

By: Stephen Erickson
October 01 2019, 9:43 am | Comments 0

Charcoal Class

We may not be experts in all areas, but working where there are no doctors and very little infrastructure has propelled us to learn all we can.

By: Stephen Erickson
September 01 2019, 1:29 pm | Comments 0

Lessons from Bananas

We are praying “the Lord of the harvest, that He [will] send forth laborers” into [this] harvest of the Gogodala. (Luke 10:2). Thank you for joining us in this prayer.

By: Stephen Erickson
August 01 2019, 10:17 am | Comments 0

Ministering to Peter

Under our house on a stack of lumber sat Peter with some crutches beside him. “Peter, are you all right?” I asked.

By: Stephen Erickson
June 01 2019, 11:55 am | Comments 0

When the Wind Blows

Though the enemy seeks to put doubts in our minds and fear in our hearts, we take comfort in the fact that God’s work keeps moving forward. Thank you for your prayers.

By: Stephen Erickson
April 01 2019, 9:10 am | Comments 0

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