Read Letters From Tribes Begging For Missionaries

Here are 5 letters written from tribal people groups in Papua New Guinea to a missionary alumni with NTM.



The Anu People

“Dear Brad Buser,
Hello, good morning. I’m Eipen Eino, I’m the leader of the Anu village. Now I’m carrying a big heavy about getting a missionary…please us dark ones of Anu are truly afraid for our lives. I’ve also got a worry for my friends here who live in darkness. So then I’ve got this worry…are you able to come and wash my eyes so I can see or not? Do you ones have a worry for those of us in the dark or not? I think we stink like rotten meat or what? Is that why you send no one to plant a seed in our Anu place? This is not new, for 18 years we have carried this heavy for nothing.”

Eric Kaisoa

“I am Eric Kaisoa
I’m speaking for my people again. I’m writing again for the 7th time to ask if you will come to my village or not. If you’re willing to come then please in the name of Jesus we want someone to really come and learn our language. We’re continuing to demand this. The people are saying that you must come. I’m saying this again. I think you all didn’t get my first 6 letters. If not, alright, now is my 7th letter. I’m writing again, it really must bear fruit. The people are truly crying for a missionary and for God’s talk. Plenty of my letters asking for missionaries have been wasted. Now I’m asking you to return a letter to me now. In the name of Jesus please return a letter quickly. I just want a missionary. I’m just wasting my money on these pens and paper, they don’t bear fruit. This one must produce the fruit right. Thanks you. God bless you and me too.”
By Eric Kasisoa

The Isahu people

“Yes, I am writing because I have some thing with you ones. I have a big worry that I am not sure what will happen with death comes. I have heard from the other tribe that has the mission that they know now, I am sorry for myself though that I do not know. I worry for my life, so I am asking that you will send the mission (NTM) to my village.
The men and women of Isahu village we are very hungry for this talk that it will be in our bellies. Please have pity on us. In all other places of the ground we have heard that they have the talk of God but us ones of Isahu are still standing without, we have nothing. I have heard of others hearing this talk in other villages but this talk is not in Isahu yet. So please send some to learn our language and teach us this talk so we can know it too.
Please have pity on our lives, we don’t know what will become of us when death is on us. So I am asking with a big strong request that you will come to us and teach us of this talk. This is the road that I have heard will be heard, that is why I have sent this letter to you bossmen of NTM. Our language is nor hard here in Isahu, please come.
Good morning to you ones. I am Aiben Awanhi of Isahu Village.”

The Sabimin People

“To: Brad Buser
Yes, brother Brad, now I’m here writing to you, do you remember our talk? Our meeting? You are a leader, you must listen well. If you’re a real leader you’ll help us, that is why we’re talking to you. Are you a trick leader or what? … If you are a leader, listen to us ones of Sabamin. We try and try but you don’t listen… Are you of God or crazy? Everywhere in every place the talk of God is there… Why not us? Talk to the leaders of your church and send us someone. Don’t give your backsides to us, are you clear on what I’m saying here or not? We have a huge desire for a missionary to come and live in our village and jungle. I’m Alus Nekibisap the writer”

The Sinou People

“What’s going on? Where is our help? Have you forgot about us? We of Sinou have not forgot about wanting a missionary, we carry a huge heavy constantly about this. We carry this heavy cause we fear for our lives. We know that the Bible says that you should come and tell us. Us dark ones need it… how will we go to God’s place if not? Only those who know will go, how will we know if no one teaches us? That is the whole of my worry, we want a missionary now to give us God’s talk.”

The Weku People

“Yes I am writing to the bossmen that are in NTM, I am checking again about the letters I have written. What’s going on with your thinking? I think you are getting tired of the letters we have written. You must be thinking like this, the road to hear the talk of God it is just for you ones, that’s why you haven’t sent anyone to us in Weku.

Please, we are hungry for the true true talk, we are not saying this with two mouths. Our thinking really desires to know this talk. So I ask with a big heart, please, you the bossmen of NTM tell us what you think of sending someone to us. Please write and tell us you bossmen, we are waiting and waiting.

I am Jaspe of Weku village and that is all my talk.”


  • So, I’d love to come with my family and we were ready, but because of significant student loan debt prior to salvation, we were turned down immediately without any considerations at all other than a very simple phone call that was brief and pretty unconcerned PNG tribal people in comparison to our student loan debt. So, so sad.

    • Ray, I appreciate your desire to go, but to go into life-long tribal church planting with significant student-loan debt is unwise. The cost of living in Papua New Guinea is extremely high, and the organization that I am in is already financially strapped on many levels. The rate of turnover is 50% in my organization already due to loss of monthly support or coworker problems, and that’s without the added hurdle of significant debt. It is better for people not to go at all than to go, not be able to finish the job, and leave. If you are REALLY passionate about being a tribal church planter, get that student debt paid off…it will be worth it.Would love to see you on the field someday soon!

  • What are the primary barriers to getting qualified folks into the field?
    We are praying for PNG, and beseeching the Lord of the harvest….

    • Great Q.

      I’d say the 1) American Dream in all of its churchier forms. 2) Awareness, many arent aware there are still 2300+ tribes in the world without a shred of Scripture. 3) Millenials get big ideas and dreams but fail to follow through.

    • funds for going to the mission field is one of the barriers. My daughter and family are now raising support and it seems so few are willing to give so that they can go.

  • Reading these letters, I assume that all five groups represented in them somewhere on PNG. My question, then, is: Does training and sending out inter-village, inter-regional and even inter-tribal evangelists, teachers, overseers, etc. from amongst your indigenous disciples figure significantly into your overall strategy?

    I find that such a strategy often may require training indigenous workers in cross-culturality even when workers and their targets share a common nationality and even a common language but are separated regionally, socially or economically, etc.

    I realize that such an objective would be very much a long-term goal and would present significant challenges and demand much focus. This is exactly why it would have to figure into an overall strategy in a significant way. But ultimately a well prepared indigenous worker will be much more effective than a foreign one, justifying the demands on time, resources, relationships and prayer.

    Just a thought.

    • I really appreciate this Q. this is SLOWLY becoming a reality in PNG, simply because the jump from not being able to hold a pencil correctly to analyzing and learning a completely different language is so large.

      • Good! I highly encourage you to keep that vision in your sights. Yes, it’s a large jump. Yes, it will demand a a lot of time, attention, personal investment and prayer. Lots of prayer. But the payoff will be incalculable!

  • What are the costs of serving in Papau New Guinea? Are there initial and monthly fees?

    • It depends on the organization and in what capacity within that organization you will be serving. A tribal church planter has life-flight insurance, costs of travel in and out of the tribe (some in a helicopter-only location, some by plane), food costs, and much much more. This is a question any organization will be willing to answer, with specific details. But plan on living 15-20 years in a tribe before they are mature enough for you to leave.

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