For two decades I have been hearing stories about how a road is going to be built that would connect the town of Kiunga to the communities along the Strickland River. I have even heard a story that the Japanese would pay for a bridge to be built across the mighty Strickland itself. Talk is cheap, and these communities are still isolated from the rest of world. Without surface transportation, there are few if any option for economic development. Health and education services, and government grants for community projects have helped; however, without the opportunity to participate in any of the primary industries of the wider world, attitudes among the youth tend to range from defeat to entitlement.
Therefore, I was happy to hear, about two and half years ago, that a young Samo man with a good educational and work experience background had been accepted into a bachelor’s degree program at Lae Unitech. Because his government scholarships were a bit slow in coming, we pitched in twice to help fill in the gap. I was persuaded to do so by reports of his character, which we have since witnessed for ourselves. He is a strong believer who has been active in church leadership, and is now a leader in the Christian student fellowship at his university.
This week he is taking exams, which he let me know by email. Please pray for him during this challenging week.
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