God is doing some miraculous things around the world. The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Bible Distribution Project is just one of those amazing things He is doing through Baptist International Missions, Inc.
It has been a blessing to preach the Gospel to the PNG school students and faculty and to extend an invitation to the independent Baptist church in their area. The number of people who have been saved is unknown. However, local churches are reporting numerous people who are coming to church, being saved, and following the Lord in baptism. Only in eternity will we know the fruit that has abounded to the account of those who have been involved in this project.
I recently had the opportunity to travel to PNG and help distribute Bibles. It was an amazing time. One of the trips we took included a one-hour boat ride that actually took 3 hours (one-way). Although we were told it was only a 5-minute walk to the school after the boat trip, it ended up being a 1½-hour ride on the back of a truck. Nonetheless, when we got to the school, we found 1,200 students waiting for us. I watched the students listen intently to the Gospel presentation and I rejoiced when they applauded the announcement that each of them would be receiving a Bible. We visited other schools before leaving the island and it was evident only God could orchestrate what we were experiencing.
The trip back from this adventure was just as eventful. Our truck had to be pulled through a swollen creek and our boat almost ran out of gas before reaching shore. Despite all of the inconveniences, it was an incredible opportunity to preach the Gospel and give copies of God’s Word to the future generation of PNG.
God gave us many other opportunities to preach and to pass out Bibles during my time in Papua New Guinea. Of particular significance was one of the last schools I visited before returning home. It was a primary school (grades 4–8) of about 2,000 students—all in purple uniforms. Giving Bibles to the primary students of this school marked the official start of Phase 2 of the PNG Bible Distribution Project.
Beginning Phase 2 of this project is an amazing milestone. However, there is still much more to be accomplished. Please pray with us that God would provide the finances and personnel needed as we work toward completing this massive undertaking. For those who have prayed and/or given financially, I want to say a very heartfelt Thank you! Words cannot truly express my gratitude. Nonetheless, I can confidently say there is much eternal fruit that has been added to your account—and much more to come. May the LORD richly bless you!
David H. Snyder
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