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In May 2016 a team of Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI), representatives
traveled to Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the invitation of national leaders to
meet with the Honorable Nick Kuman, Minister of Education, Dr. Uke Kumbra,
Secretary of Education, and Dr. Walipi Wingi, Deputy Secretary of Education. These
government leaders invited BIMI to “Please help us put God and the Bible in our
schools!” We were asked to hold assemblies to share with the students the reason
why the Bible is such a special book. What an open door to impact an entire country!
From that point, BIMI began to raise the funds
to make the project possible. It was determined
that three phases would be necessary to
distribute 2.16 million Bibles. Phase 1 targets
270,000 secondary school students (grades
9–12). Phase 2 will put Bibles into the hands
of almost 910,000 primary school students
(grades 4–8). The third phase will distribute
one million Bibles to elementary schools
(grades 1–3). The cost per Bible to print, ship,
and distribute was determined to be $3 each.
We decided to complete as many phases as
possible as the finances are provided.
Enough funds were in hand to complete Phase 1
within the year. Missionaries and PNG national
pastors and laymen and helpers from Canada,
New Zealand, Australia, and the United States
volunteered to help in the actual distribution.
God gave us a key man for each of the country’s
22 provinces to coordinate with an independent
Baptist church near each school.