Papua New Guinea has an estimated population of over 7 million (with approximately 250,000 Anglicans) and occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore islands. Over 80% of people live in rural areas, relying on subsistence farming. There is great diversity in the country with over 800 languages spoken.
In 2019 Anglican Missions is not providing financial support for any specific projects in Papua New Guinea. Nevertheless we continue to work in partnership with PNG; and with the H & W Williams Trust whose grant provides support particularly for the Theological Colleges. Read about our projects to date below.
While there are many educational and health issues in the country Anglican Missions is partnering with ACPNG in the areas of theological training, micro-economic development, evangelism and church administration (which is essential for such a diverse and growing church).
The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea (ACPNG) is a young Church, becoming an independent Province within the Anglican Communion in 1978. It is contributing significantly to the health, education and wellbeing of many communities throughout the country at a time of rapid change.
Comprising five dioceses: Port Moresby; Aipo Rongo; Popondota; Dogura, and New Guinea Islands, ACPNG has approximately 170 priests covering 125 parishes, with many more associated out-stations and chapels, serviced by a network of trained catechists and evangelists. Some priests provide a chaplaincy service to a number of specialist ACPNG, or external, institutions and services. Some are involved in theological training at ACPNG's two residential institutions: Newton Theological College in Popondetta and Kerina Evangelists Training College at Tsendiap. The growth in the Church is seeing an ever increasing need for more trained catechists and priests.
The Henry & William Williams Memorial Trust provides generous support through ACPNG for theological education covering the operation of Newton Theological College and Kerina Evangelist College as well as supporting the Bishops' ministry/travel. This funding is directed to PNG via Anglican Missions.
NZCMS Mission Partner, Margaret Poynton will continue to serve in PNG returning this year in the role of women & children’s worker in the Diocese of Dogura. Also there are two new Mission Partners, John and Elaine who will be working in Kapuna – read about them in the NZCMS news sheet Interchange 22 March 2019