Church planting

Church planting in actionOut of the pioneering efforts of missions in Papua, beginning in the 1950's and 60's, a Papuan evangelical church was planted and a solid foundation established.  World Team, along with other mission organizations, nurtured this church and today it is a maturing, growing body, governing and sustaining itself.  GIDI is this national church with whom World Team partners and works alongside.  From the earliest beginnings, GIDI has contributed to the spread of the gospel in Papua by sending out its own national missionaries to other tribes.

In one sense therefore, the Church has been planted in Papua.  It is self-governing, self-sustaining and self-propagating.  However this definitely does not mean that every tribe and person in Papua today has had the opportunity to hear the gospel.  The sheer ruggedness and isolation of Papua's mountainous terrain means that a significant number of tribes and people are yet to hear the gospel preached in a language they can understand.  There are still many places which have had no evangelist come to work, and have no community of believers.  These are the remotest tribes, often only small in population, whose introduction to the outside world has been only brief.

Therefore the task of church planting is not complete in Papua.  The national church continues the work, and World Team missionaries work together with them to build God's church in Papua and multiply the numbers of believers.  Church planting is one of World Team's key focus areas in their efforts to reach the unreached.  Church planting is not an isolated activity but one which requires good cooperation between mission organizations and GIDI.  It also involves medical ministries, translation and literacy efforts as we seek to show God's love to the unreached in Papua.  There is still much work to be done.

Church planting in action