So naturally by the time we got to PNG we were ready to share testimonies and preach live in the public square, right? Well, not exactly.
Yet here we are participating enthusiastically in an open air evangelistic outreach event in the middle of Kerema. (These sort of events are fairly common in PNG, although we didn't know that at the time.)
The hurdle isn't so much overcoming the mere fear and trembling of public speaking as much as getting over the false perception that people don't want to hear about spiritual matters. Or specifically about Jesus!
We experienced a world that is not only hurting but searching for an answer. We know who can help them. So we got out of our own way, overcame our misconceptions, and stepped up to the microphone and preached the gospel. During our time in Kerema over a hundred people acknowledged Jesus as both Lord and Savior and committed their lives to His kingdom.
Geez, we thought we were just gonna make some videos. :)
By these photos you can't really tell how nervous we really were, can you? The one of Allyson is one of my favorites that I may have uploaded already for our last official newsletter. During our time in PNG she shared many powerful testimonies that were very well received by the townspeople. Of course we were also encouraged by the receptive response of the townspeople. Below are some of our favorite photos from our open air events in PNG.