Bible lessons complete in a village in Papua New Guinea.

By April 20, 2006

Papua New Guinea (MNN)–Patient teaching is seeing results in Papua New Guinea.

New Tribes’ Rich Foster is part of a team working with the Bena Bena (behna behna) tribe.

Up till now, the people group’s concept of Christianity has been a system of do’s and don’ts added to animism. He says they’ve been working to correct that thinking. “To the best of our knowledge, they’ve never really received the Gospel before. They’ve been very missionized, but not evangelized.”

The teaching has been very systematic. Foster says, “We’ve been teaching chronologically, and finished up just a couple weeks ago, going through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We had about a dozen people respond and give positive affirmation that their trust is in Christ.”

With the new growth, discipleship is the next big step. “We are going to continue on translating the New Testament and we are going to then take these believers and take them through starting in the book of Acts, and then the rest of the New Testament, establishing in a walk and a relationship with God.”

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