Two days full of joy and singing, sharing of memories and experiences from about 50 years ago, catching up with old and new friends, praising and worshipping God!
At the end of June, Telefomin and the Min people celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Baptist Work in the Min tribe of PNG.
Guests of honour were Lindsay and Meryl Smith, who lived amongst the Min people from 1964 to 1979. Now, 40 years later, God provided the strength and opportunity to come back to where they spent “the best 15 years of their life“ as they said at one point.
Lindsay was involved in the construction of many airstrips in the Min area which until today are an essential lifeline for these communities. After planting churches in the area, they then started Bible Schools in several of the Min communities to train pastors.
So much more can be said about this wonderful couple, who have such a big heart for the Min people, their devotion to further the kingdom of God, their dependence on MAF, and above all, their dependence on God’s guidance and care.
As part of the celebrations, Lindsay presented the Min people with 100 copies of his Tok Pisin book “Wokabaut Long Rot Wantaim God Long Telefomin: God i givim laip long husat i bilip.”
“Every Step of the Way: Strengthened and Led by God’s Mighty Hand,” as the English version is called, is the life story of Lindsay Smith including missionary service in the highlands of Papua New Guinea at Tekin and Telefomin, and later at Kew, Rowville and Sydenham Baptist churches in Victoria, Australia. It also includes personal anecdotes and reflections on his life experiences and God’s leading in them.
Encounters with pioneer missionaries like the Smiths are so valuable, very special and impactful, but also becoming more and more rare. They encourage us and spur us on to faithfully continue one’s own calling and ministry to build God’s kingdom and to win people for eternity, through the clear message of God’s love for us as human beings, his suffering, and death on the cross. But also being a witness in practical ways to help and train people to pursue a better life. Lindsay and Meryl did this by constructing new runways, preaching the Gospel and setting up Bible schools, teaching all sorts of craftsmanship skills or hygiene, listening to and praying with people, giving godly guidance in tribal or marriage conflicts to name a few.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith.