Today I received an email from a Papua New Guinean colleague. One sentence struck me so much that I thought that I really need to share it with the wider world:
Now the North Fly area is no longer „mission fields“. Rather it is established, with ministries and coordinating or governing bodies.*
I like the trend I’ve been seeing lately towards the Evangelical Church of Papua New Guinea proactively looking for ways to use “resource people” in a more coordinated way, including people who may think of themselves as missionaries.
The colonialistic and developmental missionary model is slowly giving way to a global model of ministry in which the whole Church joins God in His mission to reach the whole world with the Good News. This means that foreign ministry partners are still welcome in PNG, to work collaboratively to meet spiritual and other needs. This means that Papua New Guineans are increasing crossing their national borders as well, to work collaboratively in other countries.
This also means that millions of people are part of the largest worldwide migration in the history of the world (as far as we know), so the going „into all the world“ may mean staying put and opening hearts and doors to brothers and sisters who have travelled a long way and need smiling face, a drink of water, and a listening ear.
All believers have a calling to ministry, and the needs are everywhere. What needs do you see and who can you partner with in helping to build God’s Kingdom?
*Adapted slightly for an international readership.