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

Three Quarters and Two Nickels

Join us to see what God can do with what you have in your hands to help us reach the Himadri people.

By: Helen Castillo
August 01 2020, 2:24 pm | Comments 0

Three Eyes and the Devil’s Medicine

“Hey! This is a miracle!” He was so amazed that he called to some neighbors who were outside, “Come and see this! A miracle just happened!”

By: Stephen Erickson
August 01 2020, 2:17 pm | Comments 0

The Prayed-For Visa

I prayed and wrote, asking the officer to grant our visas without our passports. The day before our visas expired, I received an email back from the officer.

By: Stephen Erickson
July 01 2020, 9:17 am | Comments 0

Comforted by a Song

I’m thankful that Sarah has found a friend in Jesus and takes comfort in knowing that she can tell Him all of her troubles, because He is her kind, compassionate Friend.

By: Laurie Erickson
May 01 2020, 5:00 pm | Comments 0

Worries Go Down the Drain

Praise God! I think He had one of His angels move that little part to a place that would catch my attention. He cares for all our needs, including wash basin drains.

By: Stephen Erickson
April 01 2020, 10:34 am | Comments 0

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