The first annual meeting of the recently incorporated Papua New Guinea Mission Society (PNGMS) was held on June 22-23, 2001 at Woodbury Lutheran Church. Participants included former and current missionaries to Papua New Guinea (PNG), as well as family members and friends from as far away as Thailand and China.
In her keynote address to some 70 participants, Dr. Francis Ingeman, linguistic consultant and retired professor of linguistics for the University of Kansas, gave an overview of the changes she has observed in the Enga and Ipili cultures during the past 30 years. Her remarks formed the basis for further discussion on the current state of the church in Papua New Guinea and how the PNGMS can help support the work of the Gutnius Lutheran Church, which is a partner church to the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) here in the USA.
The PNGMS developed after the fiftieth anniversary in 1998 of the beginning of Lutheran mission work in the Enga Province of PNG in 1948. The purpose of PNGMS is to provide opportunities for members to share in the building up and extending of the Lutheran church in PNG. Current goals include providing updated study materials and ongoing education for the pastors of the Gutnius Lutheran Church. (This article was originally printed in the District News of the Minnesota District South of the LCMS, following the June meeting of the PNGMS in Woodbury. Following is a link to the article with a picture.)