It was an early start today as we took a 4 hour drive to a place called Baiyu, which is in the Bulolo area. Bulolo is renowned for its gold and timber products. We traveled some beautiful terrain as we took in the lush tropical rainforest scenery. The drive was a little slow but the adventure of seeing the landscape, waving to the villagers as we passed a multitude of villages, seeing the great Markham river and traveling across the Markham bridge made it a good trip.
We had contemplated taking the kids to the Wampit River to swim but time and weather didn’t afford us the luxury. We arrived at Baiyu to a King’s Kids camp of 200 kids from ages 5 and up. For some of you that don’t know, David and Kathleen established the King’s Kids Ministry under YWAM PNG in 1989 in Lae. Audience of One in Montrose is a continuation of that ministry. Lutu and Yunepe Kisu both YWAM staff are the King’s Kids leaders here in PNG and they have done a marvelous job in furthering what David and Kathleen started. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s it was very common to have King’s Kids PNG teams see 40 to 60 member teams travel internationally. King’s Kids PNG at the time travelled to Germany, France, Spain, Hong Kong, China, Macau, New Zealand, Australia and the US.
You could see in the eyes of the young people a spark of exhilaration and hope as the team performed and shared their testimonies. As Teira shared her testimony she called on this next generation of Papua New Guineans to once again answer the call of God and venture out past their comfort zone. She also established the need for this generation to move in its calling as the world has a greater need to hear the gospel today more than any other time before in history. David followed by sharing the beginnings of King’s Kids PNG and he set forth a challenge to King’s Kids PNG reiterating what Teira had mentioned.
Our time here in PNG has provoked a challenge to the Papua New Guinean’s to get out of their comfort zone. It’s hard to believe that we only have a week left before we head back home to the US. Geoff challenged the team to reengage and reconnect this morning at breakfast. It is really important that we finish strong on this outreach because the real outreach starts for each member of the team when they get home. Each team member is not the same from when they first started the outreach because God has done so much in such a short span of time. Parent’s we would appreciate your prayers in this area. The young people have been testifying before each song they perform, Step Up, Catch A Fire, Let It Roll, Joyful Joyful, Down At Your Feet. These are all songs that the team has been encouraged to walk out and not just dance to.