THE history of missionaries in Papua New Guinea can be traced to before even the early political and administrative colonisers.
They travelled the oceans, mountains, hills, gorges and gullies and later built roads and wharves to link hamlets, villages and towns.
Those Papua New Guineans who were among the first members of the House of Assembly and the early private and public sector employees were often the handwork of missionaries.
The missionaries have continued the journey and the work of those who came before. In whatever they do, they touch the lives of people in significant ways.