Halo, yu orait ah? (Hello, how are you?)
I’m Nevin Nitschke, your LCA International Papua New Guinea Program Officer. I’m here to help you and encourage you to join God’s mission in PNG.
Papua New Guinea is a truly beautiful country. Outside of its key cities, the people are subsistence farmers living off plots of land scattered throughout spectacular mountains. Over 600 couples and individuals representing the LCA have worked among the people in PNG over the past 100 years. These numbers have declined since independence 40 years ago. Now we have only two people working full-time in PNG. While the Lutheran church in PNG has over 1 million members, the teaching of the gospel faces many challenges. I meet people who have a deep love for Jesus and a strong desire to walk in partnership with the LCA. It’s an exciting time to be involved in God’s mission in PNG. I’d love to visit your congregation, school or group to discuss ways you can partner, or reconnect, with our nearest neighbours and be encouragers of our Lutheran friends in PNG.
The LCA has a long and deep connection to the ministry and mission in PNG (see Program History). Many people within the LCA have some connection in one way or another to people who have either served in PNG or supported this ministry and mission in significant ways in the land of our nearest neighbour.
Current membership in the ELCPNG is estimated to be 1.2 million baptised followers of Jesus.
Today some businesses set up in former times by overseas partners and their staff to assist the church and its members have now become a cause for concern. The ELCPNG suggests that the business arms of the church will most likely require some overseas advisors to ensure that they can operate in the best possible way again. However, as an overseas partner with ELCPNG, the LCA will always need to access whether this is ‘core’ to the mission and ministry relationship and responsibility it has with the partnership in the gospel shared with ELCPNG.
In recent times the new leadership of ELCPNG have expressed a deep desire to focus on the development of the theological capacity of the seminaries and the training of pastors and laypeople in theology. Bishop Jack Urame has asked for the overseas partners to focus on helping to provide these resource people and on providing scholarships to assist them in this key area.
Australian Lutherans serving in Papua New Guinea
- Mick Hauser: Lecturer at Martin Luther Seminary, Lae
- Hanna Schulz: Bible translation adviser, linguist, Wycliffe/SIL
- Anke and Patrick Sprau: Medical Support, Wycliffe
Ministries and Programs you can support
- Birthing Kits
- Emmanuel Yalamu – Doctoral Studies Scholarship
- Guest Lecturers from LCA
- Lutheran Education Department consultant
- Martin Luther Seminary and Ogelbeng Seminary – Library Support
- Mick Hauser – Seminary Lecturer at Martin Luther Seminary
You may donate to these specific Papua New Guinea ministries, or give a gift to be applied wherever it is most needed, from our online donation page (or visit our donation information page for other options).
- Lutheran Women of Australia: support for women’s ministry training, birthing kits and Solar panels for rural and remote health clinics
- LCA Parish Nursing: Rev Robert and Mrs Lynette Wiebusch conducted a parish nursing course in Goroka in 2013 and 2014
- LCA Reconciliation Ministries: Rev Bruce Zagel (former director of LCA Reconciliation Ministries) conducted courses on reconciliation ministries in 2013
- Good Shepherd, Ringwood Vic, with Siassi High School
- Golden Grove, SA, with Asaroka
- Glandore, SA, with Logaweng Seminary
- Grampians Parish, Vic, with Gaubin Hospital
- Ipswich Lutheran Lutheran Church, Qld with Gaubin Hospital
- St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hahndorf, SA with Heldsbach Kindergarten Schools
- Trinity, Horsham Vic, with Ogelbeng Seminary
- Concordia College, St John’s Campus, Highgate, SA with Siassi Island
LCA volunteers in PNG in recent years have included:
- Stan and Gwen Dudgeon who helped in the reconstruction project at Gaubin Hospital on Karkar Island
- Nicole Graham who served as the home-school teacher for the daughter of Madagascan doctor serving on Karkar at Gaubin hospital
- Rev Roger Whittall and Mostyn and Maxine Roocke who served at Martin Luther Seminary
- Nick Schwarz who served as Research Assistant and Assistant Director of the Melanesian Institute in Goroka PNG (for seven years) on a local salary
- Peter Ellis who served as a short-term lecturer at Martin Luther Seminary.
Volunteer program assistant
LCA International Mission Program Assistant Anne Maczkowiack
More about mission in Papua New Guinea
Stories to inspire you
- View all the PNG stories on this website, or start with these latest three below.
A Gift of Love
After almost 20 years of preparing birthing kits for women in rural areas of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Joan Kluge and her sewing machine are retiring. This article is a tribute to the wonderful contribution which Joan has made over the years, to the church and to our sisters in Christ in PNG. Joan became […]
Gospel launch joy in PNG
Nearly 40 years after Bible translation work began in the delta region of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Gulf Province, the Kope people of the area can now read the Gospel of Luke in their own language. The first New Testament book to be completed in the Kope language, it was dedicated and launched in late […]
Guided to teach others
Jesus’ love and guidance have always been evident in my life. Being adopted, God protected me and provided for me with a loving Christian family. My Mum and Dad, Helen and Ronald Zarnke, brought me to baptism at Peace Lutheran Church Gatton in Queensland, where I was adopted into my spiritual family. When I was […]