Gogodala

  • Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

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 conducting their spirit ceremonies. Please pray that the Gogodala people will come to a true understanding of God’s love and care for them.

Frontier Stories

Text Messages from a New Missionary

Some aspects of life have been hard in ways we never imagined, but God has been very near.

By: Midori Sliger
July 01 2022, 11:41 am | Comments 0

Skills Used in God’s Service

I was pleased to see the young men back at church as well. Even the workers who remained with me started attending church, and one of them now wants to be baptized. Praise God! How wonderful it is that they are experiencing the satisfaction of giving back to God.

By: Stephen Erickson
June 01 2022, 8:35 am | Comments 0

Apoma and His Gowa

If the village could see the power of God through the conversion of Apoma, all should feel hope in the love of God doing the same in their own lives, no matter their situation. Would you please join us in our prayers for Apoma?

By: Jason Sliger
May 01 2022, 9:34 am | Comments 0

Prayer Evokes A Response

Wadobato became a dear friend through the years that followed, bringing us wonderful fruits from her garden.

By: Stephen Erickson
April 01 2022, 3:18 pm | Comments 0

A Welcome Fit for the Prime Minister

Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy the welcome of a lifetime.

By: Midori Sliger
March 01 2022, 9:08 am | Comments 0

Roy Biyama, Gogodala Businessman Used by God

I am thankful for the great hope we have of seeing our brother Roy in heaven very soon.

By: Stephen Erickson
March 01 2022, 8:37 am | Comments 0

And . . . We’re . . . Off!

We are eager to meet our new family there and begin our new lives with them. Despite the challenges we know are ahead, we can rest, knowing that God will continue to take care of us as we go.

By: Jason Sliger
January 01 2022, 3:17 pm | Comments 0

Alphie’s Generous Act

I am proud to be associated with this fellow church member. I pray that Alphie’s thoughtfulness will create ripples of influence that will extend to all the Gogodala people.

By: Stephen Erickson
December 01 2021, 9:11 am | Comments 0

Ready to Launch

We want to thank each of you for making it possible for us to begin this journey with Jesus to the front lines. Your prayers and sacrificial giving have been an immense blessing and have encouraged our family to keep pressing on.

By: Jason Sliger
November 01 2021, 8:36 am | Comments 0

Sudden Acceleration

Thank you for believing God’s calling for our lives, even though this process has taken longer than anyone expected. We wish we could give each of you a hug of thanks, but that will probably have to wait because we will soon be bound for PNG.

By: Jason Sliger
October 01 2021, 3:21 pm | Comments 0

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