The Japanese and the US Air Forces got to Papua New Guinea before the Gospel! Here is a relic of their visit. The air strip and military base was built by the Japanese, bombed by the US and then occupied by the Australian Army. The only good that came of that was the airstrip they left and now can be used by missionary aviation to deliver messengers to the Akolet people of these beautiful little islands. This is on the south coast of New Britain Island.
I’m having a great time here in Papua New Guinea. The government advertises itself as the “Land of the Unexpected” and the Bird of Paradise, their national symbol, tells you something of what this South Pacific island nation is like. I never doubted that our Lord would give me this privilege again, and besides, Harriet told me “after I’m gone, you get back to PNG!” It has been a refreshing and encouraging time. I look forward to teaching again today to the college age class of short termers and then to the missionaries at the school/headquarters base on the Lord’s Day. It has been so good to renew fellowship with old friends, missionaries and nationals. Saying goodbye to Adam and Julie, a couple of the missionaries to the Akolet.