NEW TRIBES MISSION
YEARS OF LEARNING the culture and language of the Siar people of Papua New Guinea by the New Tribes Mission, and months of foundational, chronological Bible teaching, culminated on Friday with a lesson on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Siar people heard the lesson they’d been waiting for since 2003, when they sent New Tribes Mission a letter asking for missionaries to come and share Bible teaching with them.
In 2006, NTM missionaries visited the Siars to determine how serious they were because, sometimes, tribal people who ask for missionaries are actually seeking prestige among neighbouring people groups, or material goods – perhaps even supernatural access.
The visiting missionaries explained that a missionary team would need to move into the village, learn their culture and language and translate God’s Word in order to clearly present the message God had for them.
The Siars welcomed the opportunity. So NTM missionaries Chris and Erin Lujan and their two children together with Lane and Karrie Sanford and their three children moved to the village in 2007.
Years of hard work have enabled the missionaries to understand the Siar culture – the way the Siars understand the world and interact with it – and learn their language. The Lujans and Sanfords translated Scripture and Bible lessons with the assistance of a team of Siar people.
The lessons used are designed for people with little or no understanding of the Bible, often referred to as chronological Bible teaching because they follow God’s story from creation to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. However, the lessons may be more properly understood as foundational Bible teaching.
And, on this Sunday, the Siar people have Go's word in their own language.
Source: Online PR News, 27-September