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

When the Future is Uncertain

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).

By: Stephen Erickson
February 01 2021, 4:52 pm | Comments 0


Please remember Michael and the rest of our work crew in your prayers that they may truly be “a chosen generation” and “show forth the praises of [Christ] who hath called [them] out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9).

By: Stephen Erickson
December 01 2020, 9:46 am | Comments 0

A Visit from the Prime Minister

During this time of worldwide crisis, the prime minister of PNG speaks unashamedly about Jesus’ soon second coming.

By: Stephen Erickson
November 01 2020, 10:55 am | Comments 0

Opportunities Well Taken

It’s never easy to lose a loved one, but there is a glimmer of hope amid the sadness—hope that Walter was touched in a way that brought him closer to Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life.

By: Stephen & Laurie Erickson
October 01 2020, 10:35 am | Comments 0

Feeding Lambs

Please pray for the Cabrals and us that we may give these children the wholesome food of God’s word.

By: Stephen Erickson
September 01 2020, 8:52 am | Comments 0

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