MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT

"Papua New Guinea, Empowered by the Written Word"


Dear Friends,

           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.

           SIL-PNG was 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."

Serving Together,

Mick Bandy, President,
Hope Alliance PNG
info@HopeAlliancePNG.org

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