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 they conduct 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

Jojo and the Caring Girls

I was happy and hoppy to be their little wallaby. The missionaries took good care of me, and I could tell that they really loved and cared for the Gogodala people, too.

By: Laurie Erickson
June 01 2021, 10:29 am | Comments 0

Learning How to Say Goodbye

How long until it’s our turn to leave? Good question! The answer is a definite “We don’t know!”

By: Midori Sliger
May 01 2021, 2:40 pm | Comments 0

Follow and Fish

Fishing for men happens when a disciple of Christ is consumed with Jesus and focused on following Him. Their love for Jesus is so deep, and their desire to see His name glorified is so profound that they can’t help but make His name known in all the earth.

By: Jason Sliger
April 01 2021, 4:29 pm | Comments 0

Pathfinder Leaders Needed

Even though the Cabrals’ time on the project was cut short, they made a lasting difference. What a joy it has been for us to work with them! We invite you to join with us in prayer asking God to send the right person or people to fill the vacancy.

By: Stephen Erickson
April 01 2021, 3:18 pm | Comments 0

Work Permit Miracle

We know it will all get done in God’s time. I’m just curious to see how God will do it!

By: Midori Sliger
March 01 2021, 10:08 am | Comments 0

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

Baptizing in the Name

What the world needs today is a baptism of sincere Christianity. My prayer is that, as the power of the Holy Spirit transforms my heart and yours, God will help us to fulfill this greatest part of the Gospel Commission: to restore the image of God in fallen man.

By: Jason Sliger
January 01 2021, 9:21 am | Comments 0

The Spirit of Heaven

I am truly humbled as I witness the incredible love and generosity of God’s people. Children give money they have earned by doing chores. Seniors give from their Social Security checks. Others withdrawn funds from their retirement. Still others sell handcrafted items so they can support our project.

By: Midori Sliger
December 01 2020, 11:44 am | Comments 0

Michael

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

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