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NSD President visits Papua New Guinea
February 06, 2012

   Dr. Jairyong Lee, NSD President, visited Papua New Guinea (PNG) from December 21, 2011 to January 1, 2012 as the main speaker at the Southern Highlands Adventist Youth Convention. The Convention was held in Mendi town located in the deep inner part of a mountainous area of PNG. It is almost 2,000 meters above sea level. The evening weather there in December was quite cool and rainy. During the one week convention, Dr. Lee delivered special messages from the Scripture every evening to more than 1,000 young people. On Sabbath, about 2,500 people gathered together for Sabbath worship and fellowship with church members. 

   Pastor Jairyong Lee visited a few remote areas of PNG by helicopter for about 5 hours guided by Mr. James Marabe, a minister of education of PNG. He shared the gospel message with the native people in jungle areas with minister Marabe as his translator. 

   The church leaders in the area expressed their hope to establish a 1000 Missionary Movement (1000MM) training campus in PNG for the Adventist young people. They also asked to send Pioneer Mission Movement (PMM) missionaries to PNG as soon as possible.


   Dr. Lee also preached at the Pacific Adventist University Church in Port Moresby, the capital city of PNG on Sabbath before the convention. His sermon was broadcasted through radio to neighboring provinces. Pastor Bienvenido Tejano, an ambassador of the Philippines to PNG and his family and Mr. Hui Jin Lee, an ambassador of the Republic of Korea to PNG and his wife attended the Sabbath worship service and enjoyed the fellowship with the university faculty and students.

   Dr. Lee said, “Papua New Guinea is a land of opportunity. We need to send more missionaries to PNG to reach the people in isolated places with the gospel messages and to help them to improve their life style.”