Hope Alliance PNG (HAPNG) exists to see Papua New Guinea, Empowered by the Written Word. We
realize that this task does not belong to HAPNG alone. We are but one team in
the game. It is our desire to pioneer where necessary, train where
possible, and work in alliance with others to encourage us all toward
our goal. We are committed to supporting and
working alongside the following organizations that share our vision for
Papua New Guinea.
Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT) was founded in 1942 by William Cameron
Townsend. A missionary to the Cakchiquel Indians of Guatemala, Townsend
caught the vision for translation when a Cakchiquel man challenged
him: "If your God is so great, why doesn't He speak in my language?"
Townsend resolved that every man, woman and child should be able to read
God's Word in their own language.
established in Papua New Guinea in 1956 under the Summer Institute of
Linguistics Act. SIL serves the people of PNG through linguistics,
literacy, translation and the training of Papua New Guineans in these
areas. It is staffed with highly qualified and skilled Christian
volunteers who are dedicated to making available the Bible in the many
hundreds of languages in this country. In the past 60 years, SIL-PNG has produced many New Testaments in
vernacular languages. See Papua New Guinea Scriptures.
The Bible Translation Association (BTA)
of PNG was formed in 1974 by PNG Christians. BTA is a national organization in Papua New Guinea committed to translating the Bible into the languages of the country. It is also involved in literacy -- teaching people to read and write in their own languages. BTA works closely with churches because the Bible is the handbook of the church.
Youth With A Mission is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced "WYE-wam"), its’ calling is to know God and to make Him known. YWAM began in 1960 with a focus to get youth into short-term mission work and to give them opportunities to reach out in Jesus' name. Today, YWAM still focuses on youth; however, they also involve people of almost every age. YWAM’s many ministries fit into three main categories: evangelism, training and mercy ministry.
The Pacific Waa Partnership
emerged relationally as mission leaders from Wycliffe, SIL, the Seed Company, YWAM, the University of the Nations, Island Breeze, and the Jesus Film Project reflected together on:
- Wycliffes Vision 2025 (which aims to see a Bible translation project commenced for every Bible-less language group in the world by the year 2025);
- YWAMs Vision 2020 (which aims to see a Bible made available to every home in the world in an appropriate language and means by the year 2020); and
- The needs of the 400 plus Bible-less languages across Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia.
We are excited about the opportunities that God has given us to serve Him
in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region. We have a great deal of work to do. May the Lord give us the strength and resources to meet the challenge and the wisdom to serve in ways
that bring honor and glory to Him."
Mick Bandy, President,
Hope Alliance PNG
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