Luke Newell, MAF pilot: “While at Yifki today, Susan and Jonathan Kopf, the NTM missionaries at Yifki, were asking Simon and me if we happened to have any audio Bibles. We had our Bible Box with us and, as this was the first stop of the day, it was full. We were able to sell Susan four audio Bibles which she lends out to some of the youth at Yifki. The youth are using the English audio Bibles to hear the gospel but also to learn English – win-win! When everyone saw the Bible Box come out, immediately there was a steady stream of people eager to buy Tok Pisin Bibles and within a few minutes, the box was empty apart from a couple of English Bibles. We enjoy being able to support the Kopfs and the Yifki community using the airplane and the Bible Box.”
Todd Aebischer, MAF program manager for PNG, climbed a board a flight with a Bible Box flying to Abuluwa. Once landed, the locals explained to him that the closest road was a 1 ½ days walk for them. “MAF represents their lifeline for medical evacuations, supplies, and on this day…BIBLES!” One man approached the plane and started asking after Bibles. “I was humbled as the man took everything we had and asked if he couldn’t please get more. More people wanted to have their own copy of the Bible in their language. We emptied our box and assured the man that more would come on the next plane.” – Todd Aebischer “We cannot meet the demand that out there in the remote areas. You talk to the MAF pilots and they say the 1st airstrip that they land, the whole box is sold out!” – Bryan Matthews, deputy general “Even after the earthquake when many had gathered at the airstrips and they were asking for food and water and basic things, they were also asking for the Bibles. We had calls coming in from the people working on the ground asking us to put Bibles on the airplanes.” – Sharlene Coker with MAF
CRMF never has any problem selling their printed Bibles or audio Bibles. In fact, they usably can’t get an order in soon enough for the growing demand. Importing Bibles into PNG can be a very difficult and frustrating process.
We face a many of hurtles and barriers to bring in God’s word. You can pray for:
- The system for importing Tok Pisin (trade language) or Tok Place (local languages) Bibles in PNG is broken and not dependable. Please Pray for easier solutions to be able to keep up with the growing demand for Bibles.
- Trying to import Solar Audio Bible Players into PNG is also a challenge. We depend on donors’ support to help subsidize the cost to K40. Please Pray for willing hearts who are able to give towards this project to make Audio Bibles more affordable for those in remote communities.