Years of learning the culture and language of the Siar people of Papua New Guinea, and months of foundational, chronological Bible teaching, culminate this week in a lesson on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Online PR News – 27-September-2011 – – Friday, the Siar people of Papua New Guinea will hear the lesson they’ve been asking for and waiting on for years: the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
“After months of teaching four days a week, twice a day we are just two days away from telling our Siar friends the greatest message of all time,” wrote NTM missionary Chris Lujan, “the message that God came down from Heaven to save us from our sins and the punishment that it brings, eternal death.”
In 2003, the Siar people sent New Tribes Mission a letter asking for missionaries to come and share Bible teaching with them. They were an unreached people group – a people among whom no effort was being made to establish a church – which is the type of people New Tribes Mission works among. However, at the time, no one was available to send.
In 2006, NTM missionaries visited the Siars to determine whether they still wanted to hear, and how serious they were. Often, tribal people who ask for missionaries are actually seeking prestige among neighboring people groups, or access to material goods – perhaps even supernatural access. The visiting missionaries explained that a missionary team would need to move into their village, learn their culture and language and translate God’s Word in order to clearly present the message God had for them.
The Siars welcomed the opportunity.
NTM missionaries Chris and Erin Lujan and their two children and Lane and Karrie Sanford and their three children moved to the village in 2007.
Years of hard work enabled the missionaries to understand the Siar culture – the way the Siars understand the world and interact with it – and learn their language.
When other NTM missionaries experienced in helping with culture and language learning determined they had gained enough proficiency, the Lujans and Sanfords began translating Scripture portions and Bible lessons with the assistance of a team of Siars.
The lessons that they and other NTM missionaries use are specifically designed for people with little or no understanding of the Bible. They are often referred to as chronological Bible teaching, because they follow God’s story from Creation to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
However, the lessons may be more properly understood as foundational Bible teaching. The lessons cover Bible passages in which God progressively reveals Himself to man, and help introduce God to people the same way God introduced Himself to the Israelites: little by little, until a clear picture of God’s plan emerges in Christ’s sacrifice for sin.
Bible teaching began July 5. Lessons progressed through the Creation account, the Flood, the Law and other important Old Testament passages that teach about God. In August, Amos and Sali, two of the Siar men who have been getting a preview because they are helping develop lessons, embraced the finished work of Christ on the Cross for their salvation.
This week so far, missionaries have already taught about the Last Supper.
“The next three days we will teach on the arrest, trial, crucifixion, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Chris Lujan wrote. “Many of our Siar friends … are hungry to hear the truth.”
The final lessons is to be presented Friday in Papua New Guinea, which is Thursday evening in the USA.
About New Tribes Mission:
New Tribes Mission was founded in the USA in 1942. From the beginning, two things have made NTM distinct among missions organizations:
1) New Tribes Mission works only among the world’s least-reached people groups
2) New Tribes Mission equips those groups to lead their own churches
NTM is non-denominational, with 2,500 missionaries from a variety of evangelical churches serving in Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific Region.
NTM is international, with missionaries from nearly 30 countries. NTM USA is the US organization. It is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, based in Sanford, Florida.