PNG is called ‘the land of the unexpected’. Irregular transport, an ineffective communication system, local political pressures and issues of personal safety, have made visits to Bougainville impossible over the last 12 months. The brethren have asked that the ACBM keep out of Bougainville until after the forthcoming referendum for national independence in October 2019.

However, on a positive note a small group of local Bougainville brethren organised a successful youth gathering last January. Another is planned for the end of the year God willing.

Meanwhile in the corrupt city of Lae, Br Joachim continues to shepherd the small ecclesia and preach the Truth to friends and relatives.

The Father’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save. Many on Goodenough Island (Milne Bay province) have been introduced to the Truth, primarily through the preaching of Br Steven Illewana – the only brother on this remote Island. This isolated island has shown a thirst for Bible knowledge and 118+ are receiving instruction via the ‘Let the Bible Speak’ series of 40 lessons.