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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 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

Lessons from Bananas

We are praying “the Lord of the harvest, that He [will] send forth laborers” into [this] harvest of the Gogodala. (Luke 10:2). Thank you for joining us in this prayer.

By: Stephen Erickson
August 01 2019, 10:17 am | Comments 0

Ministering to Peter

Under our house on a stack of lumber sat Peter with some crutches beside him. “Peter, are you all right?” I asked.

By: Stephen Erickson
June 01 2019, 11:55 am | Comments 0

When the Wind Blows

Though the enemy seeks to put doubts in our minds and fear in our hearts, we take comfort in the fact that God’s work keeps moving forward. Thank you for your prayers.

By: Stephen Erickson
April 01 2019, 9:10 am | Comments 0

Apples of Gold

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

By: Stephen Erickson
February 01 2019, 3:35 am | Comments 0

The Song of Strength

I thank God for the courage of young Nasato. The Bible says, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength” (Ps. 8:2).

By: Stephen Erickson
January 01 2019, 9:25 am | Comments 0

No More Betel Nut

Since returning to the area, Lenny has been attending our church faithfully. Now when he smiles, his teeth are white with no trace of red betel nut stains.

By: Stephen Erickson
December 01 2018, 9:43 am | Comments 0

Spiritual Power

There is a spiritual war raging out here, and we covet your prayers.

By: Stephen Erickson
November 01 2018, 9:46 am | Comments 0

Go Getta Dala

May there be many Gogodala in the Kingdom because of people like you who “Go getta dala.” Thank you.

By: Stephen Erickson
August 01 2018, 5:52 am | Comments 0

Wind, Earthquake and Fire

A bright flash lit the sky followed by a loud explosion. People screamed, and children cried and grabbed their parents, eyes wide with terror.

By: Stephen Erickson
July 01 2018, 9:49 am | Comments 0

Prayer Request

Please join me in praying for Dick and all the other Gogodala people that they will understand the truths of the Bible and apply them to their lives.

By: Stephen Erickson
May 01 2018, 5:15 am | Comments 0

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