Church Plants That Bear Fruit
A 50-year-old man travels regularly alone for days through the rugged, sweltering jungle mountains near the Sepik River tributaries in Papua New Guinea. His name is Suduwama and he is a church leader among the Bisorio people. Suduwama has a vision to tell the story of the Lord Jesus Christ to those who live in remote mountain regions and to disciple younger believers. His journey is the future of the Church.
The Bisorio were once exclusively tribal animists who had no knowledge of God's love or the Bible's message of hope. But in the early 1980s, missionaries moved into a Bisorio village along the Yokopas River. These missionaries worked patiently. They learned the language, studied the culture, and established relationships with Bisorio men, women, and children. They explored the culture deeply, learning how the Bisorio people perceived reality. And only then did they begin to minister.
Beginning in Genesis, the missionaries told God's story, laying foundations for understanding. As the narrative of the Bible unfolded, a community of Christ-followers formed in the village that was unusually strong, and the missionaries took note of this. Using the same, slow method, these missionaries planted other churches in neighboring Bisorio communities, with each new church plant proving to be as strong as the previous. Individuals, families, and neighborhoods were transformed as the Bible's story powerfully displaced the Bisorio's old animistic worldview.
Those missionaries are gone now. They are no longer needed in the region. Suduwama is but one of many Bisorio who have taken their place, enlarging the Church by spreading the word of Jesus Christ. This is what happens when church plants take root and bear fruit.
The methods followed by those missionaries are the very methods that WRG was created to promote. Those missionaries are George and Harriet Walker, cofounders of WRG.