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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

Furlough Lessons

Seeing people’s interest in our work and love for the lost is the best thing about furlough.

By: Midori Sliger
July 01 2024, 10:47 am | Comments 0

Land of the Unexpected

“Steve, I’m not going to believe any of those hardship stories about travel in PNG!” Conrad exclaimed.

By: Stephen Erickson
June 01 2024, 2:49 pm | Comments 0

Lagoon Adventure

Nasa could see some storm clouds gathering in the distance, and he hoped he could get Verity home before it rained.

By: Jason Sliger
June 01 2024, 2:47 pm | Comments 0

Grief from Half a World Away

My mother lived joyfully, trusting God to take care of her and the people she loved half a world away.

By: Midori Sliger
May 01 2024, 8:32 am | Comments 0

An Open Door in Aketa

I am so glad God is in charge of His work and never forgets anyone. When He opens a door, no one can shut it! We will be visiting Aketa soon, and I want to see what God does there.

By: Midori Sliger
April 01 2024, 8:51 am | Comments 0

The Right Choice

Watching the dinghy disappear in the distance, a Gogodala man beside me said, “Okay, now I will tell you what happened. Winston was chased out of the village for practicing sorcery and magic.

By: Stephen Erickson
April 01 2024, 8:36 am | Comments 0

Kotale +4

Midori and I have been praying for a long time that the Lord would bring persons of influence into our churches, and we feel that God is beginning to answer this prayer.

By: Jason Sliger
March 01 2024, 9:32 am | Comments 0

Water of Life

More than a thirst for literal water, we desire the Gogodala people to thirst for the water of life that only Jesus can give.

By: Stephen Erickson
March 01 2024, 9:17 am | Comments 0


I am amazed to see how God uses Richard and his family network to spread God’s word, and I am excited to see what will happen next.

By: Jason Sliger
January 01 2024, 10:38 am | Comments 0

Grace for Our Trials

Didn’t we just baptize that person, and now he is doing THIS?

By: Stephen Erickson
January 01 2024, 10:16 am | Comments 0

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